Arrest made in Matt Bowers stolen tire case

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The Slidell Police Department has arrested a Texas man in connection with stolen tires at Matt Bowers car dealership.

Slidell police say they expect more arrests.

According to Bowers, the theft happened May 2 at 3 a.m.

Bowers said the suspects came into the dealership with a U-haul truck, cut the lock with bolt cutters and within 45 minutes stole 134 wheels and tires off 31 cars.

The amount stolen totaled $120,000.

According to Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal, the suspects appeared to be no amateurs.

Fandal said the suspects defeated locks, alarms, surveillance video, and manipulated exterior lights in the parking lot so they could work in darkness.

Video did capture the two suspects walking across the dealership to cut the locks of the side entrance, according to Fandal. A U-haul was seen entering the rear parking lot of the dealership.

Fandal said 40 minutes later a U-haul left and exiting on to the service road towards Old Spanish Trail.

The only thing left behind were wooden blocks used to prop up the cars.

The suspects appear to be two black males, according to police. They were wearing all black clothing with white shoes, according to Fandal.

The U-haul used by the suspects appeared to be an EL-17 foot truck, according to police.

Slidell police said two similar thefts happening in Texas and Oklahoma.

“Although we cannot rule out that the suspects are local, we believe they are not from the area.”

Bowers offered a $25,000 reward for information on the suspects.

“I will stop at nothing to find these suspects,” Bowers said.

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