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SLIDELL, La. — The Slidell Police Department is searching for two suspects wanted in connection with the theft of dozens of tires from Matt Bowers Slidell car dealership.

“These were no amateurs,” Slidell police Chief Randy Fandal said at the news conference. “We won’t put up with it here.”

Fandal said the value of the stolen 124 tires and rims taken from Matt Bowers Chevrolet in Slidell was more than $120,000.

Fandal said the suspect’s defeated locks, alarms, surveillance video, and went as far as to manipulate the exterior lights in the parking lot so they could work in the dark of the night, completely undetected.

According to Bowers, the theft happened on Saturday morning at 3 a.m. video it appears that shortly before 3:00 a.m., two subjects are seen walking across the dealership parking lot in order to cut the locks to a side-entrance. 

Approximately 40 minutes later a U-haul was seen exiting on to the service road towards Old Spanish Trail. It is believed that the suspects were working on removing the tires from the vehicles several hours before the U-Haul truck appears on the video.

The only thing the thieves left behind were some wooden blocks used to prop up the vehicles, and a car jack. The suspects are described as two black males, wearing all black clothing with white shoes, according to Police

Bowers said he is offering a $25,000 reward for information on the suspects.

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

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