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Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
Email: mhernandez@wwltv.com | Twitter: @mhernandezwwl

NEW ORLEANS - Peggy Harmon was shockedto find her son's Corvette on cinder blocks last week, stripped of it's tires and rims. Thieves hit the car the night of January 16th or in the early morning hours of January 17th in front of her Lakeview home on Argonne Boulevard.

'The window of opportunity for them to do this was so small and we have such good lighting on this street, that it was a little surprising,' said Harmon.

Police believe several people must work together to quickly jack the car up, put it on cinder blocks and then take the tires.

'If they can do it in a minute and half to two minutes, what chance do you have?' said Harmon.

A few houses over, a Cadillac had its wheels stolen just a few months ago. Burglars also hit a Tahoe on nearby Louis XIV Street last week. Now neighbors are taking extra precautions.

'I think we'll probably leave our exterior lights on through the night,' said neighborJeanine Miller.

Others are installing security cameras and tire locks. Police say that's just a deterrent. Tire thieves have been targeting high end vehicles all over the metro area for months. It started with 20 inch rims on SUVs, but Harmon's case shows, cars are becoming targets too.

'It's a scary feeling because you wonder when are they going to graduate from cars to houses,' said Harmon.

Harmon said it will cost thousands of dollars to replace her son's tires and rims.For now, she's just glad no one was hurt and she's hoping for more patrols on the street.

The Lakeview community does pay extra for private security patrols. Officers say they're making those patrols more visible at night. If you have any information that could help police find these tire thieves, call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.
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