The thieves struck Ed Koehn Ford-Lincoln in Eureka Township early Wednesday morning, according to a dealership spokesperson. They took three sets of tires and rims from 2013 Ford Taurus SHO sports sedans and three sets from 2013 Ford Edge crossover vehicles. The total value of the tires and rims is estimated at $26,000.
The criminals also took a 2010 Ford Econoline cargo van from the dealership, worth $15,000 to $20,000.
Terry Burns, executive director of the Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association, said there have been similar thefts at dealerships in Holland, Grand Rapids and northern Michigan. The most recent theft was this past weekend in Petoskey, he said.
Tom Tasker, sales manager at Fox Ford in Grand Rapids, said their dealership in Cadillac was recently hit by thieves who also stole tires, rims and a van to transport the contraband.