Oviedo resident says 4 tires, wheels stolen from car, left on blocks

Thieves hit gated subdivision in middle of night

OVIEDO, Fla. – Andrew Bruce and his wife just moved into Oviedo's Provenance neighborhood off Aloma Avenue because it's gated and supposed to be safe. But the front gate didn't stop some crafty thieves from trespassing in the middle of the night.

"I come outside about 6 o'clock in the morning, pitch black, have my lunch box in my hand, and immediately notice my car is a little lower," said Andrew Bruce. "Drop my lunch box, and told my wife 'Holy crap! Somebody stole my wheels and my tires.'"

Bruce said the crime happened likely after 3 a.m. Tuesday.

The thieves left his new Honda Accord resting partly on small concrete blocks and on the ground.

"The front rotors are touching the ground, so I don't know if they slammed it trying to get in and out," said Bruce. "Pretty pissed, to be honest."

Bruce is from Atlanta.

"Up there you pass by a car in an apartment complex and you say 'there's another one,'" said Bruce. "But here, no. I've never seen a car on bricks in this state since I've moved here."

Neighbors said there has been a rash of car burglaries and thefts lately in the Oviedo area of Seminole County.

Bruce said police took the lug nuts that were left behind under the car and will process them for possible fingerprints. He believes his Honda was targeted because the thieves will sell the car parts on the Internet or use the tires for racing.

None of the surrounding homes have surveillance cameras.

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