At least 28 wheels & tires (7 cars) were taken in one night.
If you’re shopping for new wheels and tires for your Honda Civic or Accord in the Baltimore, County, Maryland area, you might want to be wary about a too good of a deal.
According to Redditor and Marylander /u/ajadidas26, thieves hit Honda of Owings Mills in Owings Mills, MD, talking wheels and tires off brand new Honda Civics and Accords causing thousands of dollars in the process.
OP’s thread is linked here, with a gallery of photos of the damage below.
A look on Google maps (linked here) shows this dealership does have security cameras. The cameras, however, don’t look like they’re of the expensive, super-HD variety.
Although, at first glance, the damage seems minimal, the entire weight of the car supported by what looks like soda crates is sure to cause paint and panel damage to the side skirts, not to mention the under body.
Sourcing new wheels, tires, and repairing body damage will likely cause their dealership insurance (assuming they have the proper kind) to fork over thousands to get these cars ready for sale.
Motives are pretty clear, there’s always demand for OEM wheels and tires for popular cars like the Honda Civic, Accord, etc. Honda and Acura parts websites don’t even have these new wheels available for sale yet.
Here’s a screenshot of what just one new wheel and a set of Wheels and tires for a 2023 Honda Accord goes for.
All those stolen wheels and tires probably have a street value between $6,000-$8,000, a tidy profit for one night’s illegal work.
“I went on vacation to MD and got my 10th gen Civic wheels stolen inside a hotel parking lot with a cop car parked outside the parking entrance,” commented /u/SoThatsOdd. “First and last time visiting MD. That one incident brought my insurance price way up.”
As mentioned, be wary of cheap OEM wheels for sale on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and the like.
If it feels like you’re buying stolen property, trust your gut, you probably are.