Tires stolen off woman's truck in broad daylight

Posted at 6:56 PM, Oct 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-12 20:29:18-04

A typical lunch break turned sour when a woman came out to an awful surprise in the parking lot where she works.

According to Waco police, the incident happened on the corner of New Sanger and Londonderry between 8:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Oct. 11.

Tiffany Vidrine has worked for David W. Garrett Dentistry for the last year and a half. She's parked in the same spot every day, but during her lunch break yesterday, she found her car sitting on blocks.

"It's a busy area and I didn't see it coming," said Vidrine. "It makes you feel a little bit violated. It means someone is watching me, I don't think it was just some drive-by 'Hey we're going to take those right now.'"

In broad daylight, the tires and rims were swiped right off her 2015 Chevy Tahoe. Those items cost her more than $5,000.

Vidrine was parked just a few spots away from the office, but a windowless wall facing her car made it impossible for her and her coworkers to see what was going on.

"Either they wanted them on their car more than they thought the person who bought and paid for them deserved them or they will take them and sell them on the Black Market and trade them for other stolen items or drugs," said Sgt. Patrick Swanton, spokesperson for the Waco Police Department.

Swanton said criminals can be bold, which is why you need to take every measure to protect yourself and your belongings.

"There are certain types of lug nuts that you can put on your tires, that you have to have the special tool, it's almost like a combination lock on your tire that keeps somebody from being able to pull that off," said Swanton.

Vidrine said she will be more alert from here on out, but she won't forget this experience.

"If I could get an honest answer out of the person that took them, I truly would want to know how long they were watching me for and what the process was," said Vidrine. "That's probably what's the most fearful, is the unknown portion."

If you know anyone involved in this incident, you're asked to call Waco Crime Stoppers at 254-753-4357.

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