A Bizarre Sign of the Times?

Again, I endorse beatings as an appropriate punishment for this kind of crime.
Again, I endorse beatings as an appropriate punishment for this kind of crime.

This past weekend, over $85,000 worth of wheels and tires were stolen from an Edmonton-area Ford dealership, along with a few break-ins and theft of interior pieces, all on Harley-Davidson and King Ranch special edition trucks.
In what was clearly a co-ordinated attack, the trucks were all jacked up, their wheels stolen, then set back down on wooden blocks. Authorities have reportedly not ruled out the possibility that someone on staff was involved.
Regardless of your opinions on the vehicles involved, it’s hard not to be disgusted at this display of greed and criminality. The vehicles belong to the dealership, not to Ford Canada, so the loss will be felt by the tiny dealership itself and their insurance, not by the larger parent company. $85,000 is not an insignificant sum, even to a dealership, and this criminal act has likely eliminated (or at least decreased) the possibility of a Christmas bonus for the staff.
Photos of some of the victimized vehicles below.

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  1. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    Not that I'm rooting for them, but I'm curious to know how they're going to unload these. It's not like they stole all the aluminum rims for scrap. They were specifically stealing the HD stuff, meaning they're going to sell them, meaning they'll probably be on eBay or CL or somewhere soon.
    My money's on these guys getting caught, as it's most likely a crew of miscreants, one of which could be sweated out to turn in the rest.

  2. Maymar Avatar

    I worked at a dealership – my Christmas bonus was a turkey, and we didn't suffer any major wheel thievery.
    But look on the bright side, now that the giant wheels are gone, maybe someone will come to their senses (by way of being cheap) and put on the steel wheels a truck needs to look proper.

  3. citroen67 Avatar

    HEY GUYS! I just bought this bitchin' set of chromies! I got a great deal on them too! They are stock wheels off of…off of…uh…oh dear, umm…gotta go!

  4. CptSevere Avatar

    I love the fact that they took the care to put the trucks back down on blocks. Actually, it meant that they were using a floor jack and needed some clearance to get the jack out from under the A arms and rear axles after they lowered the victims. They had to know how much clearance was needed to get the jack out once the wheels were off, that's why they used 4×4's, not 4×6's or something larger. Efficient. They showed up with as many as they needed to get the job done. They had to get the wood there, and transport the wheels and other stuff away quickly and with stealth. Pros. Pretty slick. They're not going to ebay or craigslist this stuff, it was already sold. My guess would be some kind of organized crime thing, not just a bunch of tweakers. Yeah, the proceeds are in a container going who knows where.

  5. joshuman Avatar

    Save the rotors!
    Oh, they did. Kudos for that at least.

  6. engineerd Avatar

    Only in the land of Trailer Park Boys. Here, we're lazy and take a sawzall to the catalytic converters and/or snatch the tailgate while we're at it.

  7. SeanKHotay Avatar

    What interior parts were stolen? I’m guessing the steering wheel/airbag would be one…

  8. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    Gotta say, the standard Super Duty grille is god-awful. Why didn't they pull that, too, and light it on fire? We can add some Venza grilles to the pyre.
    Anyway, I hope the dealership gets their insurance settlement, and these trucks get proper sturdy 16" or 17" work-truck wheels, as intended, instead of the giant chrome… things. Probably no chance of that, though.

  9. drewdraws2 Avatar

    I’d be interviewing Erik Buell to find out if he was in Canada last weekend.

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