Patron catches tire thieves on camera in Gerald's Tire and Brakes theft

Patron catches tire thieves on camera in Gerald's Tire and Brakes theft
Source: Live 5 News
Source: Live 5 News

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police say two suspects were caught on camera stealing eight tires from Gerald's Tires and Brakes on Magnolia Road in Charleston.

It happened on Monday during business hours.

A person dining in at the restaurant next door, Pearlz Little Oyster Bar, noticed something suspicious and started recording.

General Manager of Tire Operations at Gerald's, Scott Cook is thankful the man decided to record.

"At about 4 p.m. a patron at Pearlz noticed someone rolling tires hastily past the window, throwing them and stuffing them in the back seat of the car, noticing a tag was covered with a t-shirt from what it appears and obviously noticed that something wasn't right," Cook said.

Workers at Gerald's say surveillance video shows a suspect lingering around the business.

Workers also say he casually talked with them before making a move, but no one noticed except the patron next door.

Charleston police say one of the suspects came into the area where the tires are located during the day, picked up several of them and threw them over a fence where they landed on the patio of the restaurant next door.

The Pearlz Little Oyster Bar patio shares a wall with the tire fence.

The incident report says the restaurant's security footage shows a man and woman loading tires in a white Cadillac and then fleeing.

"Just want to say one special thank you for that gentleman for taking the video for us, for looking out for small business for people in the Charleston area," Cook said. "We just want to say thank you to all the people. We're just overwhelmed by the outreach of people who have shared once this hit social media."

Charleston Police say the eight tires stolen are worth about $1,200.

The tires are locked up in the evening, but remain in the fenced area during business hours.

"We're always looking to improve things," Cook said."This is definitely going to help us look at a different directions to make sure we can keep an honest man honest."

He also has a message for the suspects.

"We all work hard. We get up everyday to support our families. It's not fair for you to go out and take from other people," Cook said.

If you recognize the people in the video, Gerald's asks that you notify police.

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