Island Rental Jeep Tire Thefts Continue; Three More Are Reported Stolen

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After another spate of incidents, thieves have now stolen a total of six rental Jeeps tires from around St. John.

After three reports of tire thefts in the first eight days of 2014, a woman called the V.I. Police Department Leander Jurgen Command in Cruz Bay on January14 at 8:23 a.m. to report the theft of several spare tires at Denzil Clyne Car Rental. The incident was listed as Grand Larceny.

At 6:36 p.m. on the same day, the police report listed a call from a man from Texas to report that someone stole the spare tire off his rental vehicle at the Westin.

The tire thefts are a costly spree for rental car customers – as much as $500 total for each tire and rim – as well as a major headache for rental car company owners.

The number of tire thefts may continue to rise.

At 1:28 a.m. on January 15, a citizen called to report “someone tampering with vehicles in the inspection lane parking lot.

On January 8, the third of three tire thefts in a week was reported by a visitor who had left a vehicle in the Inspection Lane public parking lot.

The tire thefts from rental Jeeps earlier in the month occurred at the head of the L’Esperance trail on Centerline Road and in Coral Bay.