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Manchester car owners wake to vehicles on blocks, without wheels

By MARK HAYWARD
New Hampshire Union Leader

April 12. 2018 8:28AM
A Manchester woman found her car on blocks Wednesday morning in her parking spot at Amoskeag Terrace Condominiums. (COURTESY)



Thieves have made off with high-end wheels — tires, rims and lug nuts — of several cars in Manchester in the last few days, jacking up cars and leaving them sagging on crates, two victims told the New Hampshire Union Leader.

One woke up Wednesday morning to find her 2017 Nissan Murano on its brake drums, after the milk crates used to prop it up sagged.

The other — the owner of a 2016 Nissan Murano — said the two wheels on the passenger side of her vehicle were stolen Monday.

She believes a barking dog scared the thieves away from her condominium parking lot at Demetria’s Crossing in east Manchester.

“You feel really violated. I lived in Miami for 10 years and never had to deal with anything like this,” said the woman, who asked her name not be used because she is a single mom and the thieves have not been caught.

A car window was shattered and the thieves rifled through her glove compartment to find the keyed socket necessary to unscrew the lug nuts and remove the wheels.

She said police told her the theft was the fifth involving wheels in the last four days.

“It’s happening all over the city,” she said.

“We’ve had a rash of these over the last week,” said police spokesman Lt. Brian O’Keefe. “People are just jacking up the cars and taking the wheels.”

O’Keefe said he was unable to provide further details when contacted Wednesday afternoon.

The other victim said the four wheels were taken from her car sometime overnight Tuesday. It was parked in her condominium lot at Amoskeag Terrace, the brick row houses off Kidder and Hollis streets.

Her window was also shattered. She said thieves ignored the few dollar bills in the interior of the car as they searched for the keyed socket.

“I really like living downtown, and I think downtown gets a bad rap. When things like this happen, it’s hard to argue this is a great place to live,” said the woman, who asked not to be named.

She said police told her another officer was taking a similar report on the West Side when she spoke to him.

The Demetria’s Crossing victim said a security camera video shows the culprits pulling up beside her car and departing twice before returning and finally stealing the wheels.

The property manager at the 40-unit Demetria’s Crossing sent out an email blast to warn residents of the theft, property manager Kerri Trainor said.

She said the email urges owners to report suspicious people to police, but not to approach them.

mhayward@unionleader.com


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