Police Looking Into Rash of External-Mounted Spare Tire Thefts

Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – A rash of spare tire thefts has occurred in Mt. Juliet, prompting Mt. Juliet Police to ensure residents are aware of the problem. Thieves are targeting vehicles with rear-mounted, full spare tires. The spare tires on Jeep Wranglers have been the most popular target for thieves, and the thefts are typically occurring in shopping-area parking lots at night.

“This is a crime of opportunity, and the tires can be quickly removed from the vehicles and later sold online by the thief,” stated Sergeant Tyler Chandler. “After shopping or dining in a restaurant, theft victims have come out to their SUV to find the spare tire stolen.”

Mt. Juliet has experienced nine such thefts, though neighboring jurisdictions have seen additional thefts. Mt. Juliet Police recommends parking your vehicle in a well-lit area and reporting any suspicious activity to police immediately. In addition, inexpensive spare tire locks can be purchased to add additional security to rear-mounted, full spare tires.

Anyone with any information regarding the spare tire thefts is encouraged to call the Mt. Juliet Police Department at (615) 754-2550. Information can also be given anonymously by calling (615) 754-TIPS (8477) or via the Mt. Juliet Police Department website at http://www.mjpd.org/ .