BUDA, Texas (KXAN) – A string of tire and wheel thefts in Buda has neighbors on edge. Authorities say the suspects are accused of stealing tires off Chevrolet and Ford pickup trucks and leaving the vehicles on blocks.
Buda Police Chief Bo Kidd says it’s a common crime in cities along the I-35 corridor, but has only become an issue in Buda in the last month or so.
Early Wednesday morning, Buda police officers came across suspects they believed were stealing wheels. The officers initiated a pursuit that ended with the suspects wrecking the car they were driving. The suspects managed to run away from the scene of the crash and have not been found.
“You don’t catch them every day,” said Buda Police Officer, Alex Fernandez, “You try your best, and that’s all we have.”
One of the victims, who asked to remain anonymous, walked outside to find her Chevy Truck on blocks.
“It was scary, I was shaken all over. I ran back in the house because I thought someone might be here.”
While officers didn’t catch the suspects, they were able to recover the tires. And did more than just return them to the owners.
“She told me the burden she’s had, the tough year, the loss of her husband, and I thought it was too difficult for me to just return the tires,” said Officer Fernandez. “And so we replaced the tires in the vehicle. We had the tools, had the manpower, let’s do it for her.”
“They took time to put the tires back on my vehicle for me, and it was a blessing, they’re my heroes,” said the victim.
Officer Fernandez savors these days, where there are happy tears.
“Not every day we’re able to do this, so it feels really good.”
Buda Police say they’ve identified suspects, but haven’t made any arrests.