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Hot wheels: Tires swiped off cars at local auto dealership

MARSHALL, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The search is on for the sly team of criminals who hit up a local auto dealership.

The bizarre crime happened at Cole Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge on West Michigan Avenue outside of Marshall.

The dealership says a total of 16 tires were stolen off of four vehicles.
Coming into the Cole Automotive Group early Monday morning, a worker made a shocking discovery.

"Four vehicles, the rims and tires were stolen off of them," said Lt. Aaron Wiersma of the Calhoun County Sheriffs Office. 

Investigators believe sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, a group of suspects lifted 16 tires from four Dodge Chargers.

"The suspect was preparing to take the tires off a fifth vehicle; however it appeared as if he was scared off," Lt. Wiersma said

The crooks used milk crates to jack up the cars.

They worked quickly, leaving behind little evidence.

But a witness has come forward to the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office.

"Driving past, saw a while male with gray hair removing a tire from one of the cars and was driving a black Dodge pickup," Lt. Wiersma said.

They say that was around 7 p.m. Sunday.

"Normally it is a group going place to place. 94-69 is right there. I'm sure it's someone from out of the area," Lt. Wiersma said.

But why the Charger?

These hot wheels and rims go for thousands of dollars per car, making the total loss more than $12,000.

The dealership has security cameras but they don't reach the scene of the crime.

"We have not had any other calls like this in a long time. Any information would be appreciated for someone to call the sheriff's office," Wiersma said.

Investigators are also looking to see if the tires pop up for sale online. 

Theyre also still questioning the witness, trying to get more information.