CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – The Cheektowaga Police Department has opened a burglary investigation after three or four people stole around $9,750 in aluminium rims from an auto parts yard.
The latest incident happened sometime during the overnight hours this past Saturday at Greg’s Auto Parts at 1980 William Street. Someone burglarized a storage garage on the property and stole around 100 aluminium rims.
Rebecca Kaminski has worked at the yard for the better part of a decade. She became part owner two years ago. In all that time, she says this is a first for something this big to affect any of the auto parts yards along William Street.
“They’ve had parts and stuff stolen, but nothing major like us. People bust their windows and stuff like that, but I don’t think they had anything this bad,” said Kaminski.
Kaminski thinks three or four people are parking on Goethe Street behind her yard. They cross the railroad tracks, hop the fence to Mark’s Auto Parts and walk right into her yard through a broken fence. That’s when the criminals ferry the 25 lbs rims from a storage garage in her yard, back to their waiting vehicle.
The criminals got away with mostly domestic rims from Chevy and Ford. They did get an Audi rim, but Kaminski doesn’t think they are targeting specific rims. She thinks they are just breaking in and grabbing what is easily accessible.
Each rim retails at Greg’s for $75 and the loss of $9,750 worth is bad news for them.
“It kills us kind of. We’re a small business. [Mark’s Auto Parts] is huge. They have double or triple the inventory that we have, so that getting taken from us takes a toll on us. Obviously we weren’t going to sell all those parts at once, but over time we would have gotten that money. It definitely sucks,” said Kaminski.
This is the second time in February the yard was hit. Kaminski says she was hit during the overnight hours on February 16th. The bandits took $300 worth of rims and batteries from the yard.
Her surveillance system was able to capture images of the crime on the 16th. The video shows two unidentifiable individuals walking through the yard carrying items. Video from Saturday is being reviewed to see if any usable footage is available.
Police say they don’t have any suspects at this time, but a detective is working on the case.
Call police at if you have any information at 716-686-3500.
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