Thieves in Alsip make a fast buck on pothole crisis

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The growing number of potholes around the Chicago area may be creating a new source of revenue for thieves.

In suburban Alsip, police say they’ve gone from one report a month to now five.

“It’s high for us this time of year,” said Lt. Scott Zablotny of the Alsip Police Department.

It takes just five minutes for a professional thief to take off all four tires from one vehicle.

In Alsip, police say they’re stealing them in the middle of the day, from big busy parking lots.

This rough winter and too many potholes to count could be to blame.  And some people just don’t have the cash to replace them and they need to buy them cheaper.

Police are giving car owners tip on how not to become a victim — use tire locks, lug nut locks, get a tracking system and park in high traffic areas.

In January, Arlington Heights had a huge tire bust.  Police recovered 1,100 tires.

They say thieves were targeting car dealerships and then selling the stolen tires at flea markets.

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