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Tire thief caught on camera in Jefferson County

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Surveillance cameras were rolling when this man tried to steal tires from Auto Plaza in  De Soto. Credit: KMOV Surveillance cameras were rolling when this man tried to steal tires from Auto Plaza in De Soto. Credit: KMOV
DE SOTO, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Police are on the hunt for a thief in Jefferson County who tried to steal tires from a car dealership. Little did he know the entire thing was caught on camera.
    
"They weren't successful in getting the wheels and tires but they were very close to it," says Joe Pettus. Pettus is the owner of Auto Plaza. He says he wasn't surprised when thieves targeted his dealership because it has happened before. 

"It seems like this type of year, thefts go up and that is why police patrol as much as they do," he says. 

On the surveillance video, you see a man pull up in what appears to be a dark colored Ford Explorer. The man opens the back door and appears to be shuffling some things around. But what he didn't know is that police were nearby. Police say an officer saw a newer model Explorer with two flat tires.

"He observed that there were tires popped underneath the vehicle like a make shift jack and the lug nuts were taken off the tires on that side," says Sgt. Michael McMunn with the De Soto Police Department. 

But, when the patrol car makes its way onto the property, the man hides in the front of his car and then drives off. 

"When you get to watch them, kind of walk around it is a little creepy, see their every moment and what they are doing and then when you see the police come in the parking lot and they just happen to miss them by mer seconds," says Pettus. 

But with all of this caught on the dealerships cameras the owner says,"we will catch you one way or another, we will get you," says Pettus. 

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