Hempfield wheel thefts: Public asked to help identify four wanted for questioning
State police in Greensburg are trying to identify four people they want to question in connection with the thefts of tires and wheels from cars parked in the Greengate Centre parking lot in Hempfield.
Police on Thursday released surveillance photographs of the individuals from video cameras inside Walmart.
Police and area tow truck operators report there has been a rash of about a half dozen thefts of wheels and tires from cars in the parking area of the shopping plaza during the past two weeks, most recently Monday.
According to Trooper Kalin Gerhard, the four individuals, including a woman, were recorded by security cameras as they entered Walmart early Monday. Gerhard reported that the suspects were in the parking lot at a nearby Starbucks when they discovered their blue sedan, an unknown type model, had a flat tire.
“It appears they then started to rip off tires of cars parked around the parking lot,” Trooper Steve Limani said.
Police allege the individuals stole a car tire from Walmart’s auto department and an electric dirt bike.
Gerhard reported the individuals are wanted for questioning in the theft of a wheel from a Kia Forte between 5 and 8 a.m. that was parked near Panera Bread, and a rear wheel from a red Ford Focus that was parked in the same vicinity.
Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 724-832-3288.
Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.