Thieves broke into a Miller Brothers Giant Tire Service location in Pembroke Pines two weeks before its scheduled opening and stole 30 medium truck tires valued at $10,860.
The theft occurred between 6 p.m. July 20 and 6:30 a.m. July 21 when the burglars cut a gate lock and stole 10 Michelin tires worth $4,697 and 20 Yokohama tires worth $6,163 that were stored in two unlocked trailers, according to police reports. The thieves left two hand trucks, cardboard boxes, soda pop cans and a bag of chips on the scene.
Police gathered information on two former ``disgruntled'' employees who left the business recently. Police continue to investigate.
Ed Petros, manager of Miller Brothers, said the dealership had not yet moved to the new location where the crime occurred. Delays in receiving proper permits kept pushing the shop's moving date back and forced it to store inventory at the site before it could have electric power turned on to operate its security system. He said the trailers were situated in a compound fenced-in with barbed wire, and Miller Brothers management had thought that camera surveillance, provided by a company from which the dealership is renting the property, covered the compound.
``We learned the hard way that they didn't,'' Mr. Petros said of the location's security.
The trailers containing the tires were left unlocked because ``they're older and very difficult to close,'' Mr. Petros said, adding that now the trailers are cordoned with heavy cable.
During the week of Aug. 2, Mr. Petros said he expected Miller Brothers would have water and power hooked up at the new store-located a block away from the current outlet-and to move all phones. He said Miller Brothers will activate its own surveillance system with infrared night vision.
Miller Brothers in Pembroke Pines sells truck and off-the-road tires for construction and mining equipment. The dealership is based in Columbia, S.C., and operates 10 commercial tire locations in the Southeast.