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Tire store caught with stolen goods

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Two suspects have been charged in connection with a trio of snow tire thefts from local car dealerships. (Photo courtesy of tuchodi/Flickr Creative Commons).

An Oshawa man is among those charged for stealing more than $50,000 worth of snow tires.

On Wednesday, Aug. 25, a Port Perry Ford dealership reported that it had had a number of tires stolen. Police say suspects used bolt cutters to open a storage container at the dealership, and stole more than $15,000 worth of tires and rims being held inside. The suspects, along with the vehicle used in the robbery, were captured on video surveillance.

An investigation revealed two other dealerships outside of Durham Region had been targeted in similar thefts, with $18,000 in snow tires and rims taken from a Cobourg Toyota dealership in July and $15,000 in snow tires and rims taken from a Stouffville Ford dealership in August.

Police later learned the stolen items were taken to a tire store on Ritson Road South in Oshawa, where they were sold.

A 24-year-old male of Martindale Street in Oshawa has been charged with three counts each of break and enter over $5,000 and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

A 43-year-old female of Turnberry Crescent in Courtice is facing the same charges.

Police are also seeking a warrant for a male suspect they say assisted the two in the thefts.

Anyone with further information on this investigation is asked to call Det. Loughlin at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 2676.