Through Manon Loubet
Several inhabitants of the metropolis of Rouen (Seine-Maritime) had the bad surprise to find their car perched on chocks, wheels stolen. This is the case of Oscar *, 31, who had parked his car not far from his home, in a parking lot near the swimming pool in Mont-Saint-Aignan, on the night of September 26 to 27, 2021.
“I went to a friend’s house, near my house and when I got back, I found my car perched on a concrete block, he says with fear. It was around four in the morning and I saw the thieves leave! They also stole the wheels of two other vehicles. “
Inside the passenger compartment, a lot of things were also stolen: rear shelf, carpet, fire extinguisher… “But also the antenna and the hulls of the mirrors, as if they were pulling up cars behind,” Oscar supposes.
Testimonials are multiplying on social networks
The 30-something complained to the police and his insurance loaned him a car for ten days. “But afterwards, fortunately, a friend lent me a vehicle for another ten days because my car had not yet been repaired… Renault cars seem to be particularly targeted. “
Oscar is not the only one in this mess. Testimonials are multiplying on social networks. As recently as the weekend of October 16-17, a Clio was found without wheels on rue du petit mouton in Rouen. Even chosen, still on a Clio, in Petit-Couronne, on October 15.
“Many of us have been victims since the beginning of September, all over the city. It’s always the same process, they break a rear window, often on the right, and send the car on chocks ”, underlines Oscar.
Some victims point to the extinction of public lighting from one o’clock in the morning and assure that “it encourages this type of theft”.
An open investigation
In the spring of 2021, similar wheel thefts had been observed in the agglomeration of Rouen. An investigation had been opened by the police. However, since the beginning of September, the police services have not noted a particular increase in this type of event.
* Loan first name
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