COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Another West Michigan car dealer is beefing up security after thieves removed thousands of dollars worth of wheels from vehicles parked in the lot.
First we reported on the wheels stolen overnight Tuesday from Fords at the Ed Koehn dealership in Greenville.
"They knew what to hit, when to hit it and to get out of there real quick," explains Ed Koehn sales consultant Todd DeLore.
The same night criminals hit Betten-Baker Chevy Buick in Coopersville, where they only took Buick wheels.
"Came in and took the wheels off of 14 Enclaves," says sales manager Tom Kuzner. "This was organized, well planned and very brazen."
Investigators suspect the two crimes are related.
"Certainly, based on the method of operation, that's how it appears," says Lt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Dept.
The 75 sets of wheels stolen from the two dealers late Tuesday or early Wednesday are worth about $1,000 apiece.
"Past experience in these events tell us those articles have been removed from the immediate area and distributed elsewhere," says Lt, Bennett.
Police collected some lug nuts and other items and are checking them for fingerprints.
They have also contacted other dealerships and warned them to be on alert.
"We have installed security measures," says Kuzner at Betten-Baker. "Hopefully, there won't be a repeat of this."
Anyone with information on the Coopersville theft is asked to call Silent Observer at (877) 88-SILENT.