Lincoln County authorities said they are investigating the theft of 48 tires following a break-in at American Tire Distributors.
The theft happened between Sunday night and 6 a.m. Monday at the business on Finger Mill Road in Lincolnton, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.
The suspects cut through a chain link fence and broke into several tractor trailers parked at the site, authorities said. The 48 tires were worth $5,000.
One of the 18-wheel vehicles was wrecked in the parking lot after the thieves ran over a pile of wooden pallets while trying to move the trailer, the sheriff’s office said.
A small van was used in the break-in, and it may have been stolen from Finger’s Florist on Dave Warlick Drive in Lincolnton, officials said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 704-732-9050, the county communications center at 704-735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.