While You Were Sleeping: Thieves ‘Relieve’ A BMW X5 Of Its Alloys

When Wolverhampton Wanderers FC center back Ryan Bennett woke up last weekend, he was shocked to find that all four wheels on his third-generation BMW X5 had been stolen.

The 28-year old soccer player immediately took to Twitter, asking his followers to let him know if they hear of anybody being offered four X5 wheels with Dunlop tires. As of right now, the post has been re-tweeted more than 250 times.

Bennett also called those responsible for leaving his SUV resting on its brake discs “scumbags”, which is probably a fair assessment of somebody who steals other people’s property. It must be a rude surprise to find your car without its wheels; then again, it’s a good thing the X5 itself wasn’t stolen.

Wheel thefts are of course nothing new. Thieves mostly target high-end automobiles equipped with expensive alloy wheels, which can then be re-sold. As for how to prevent your wheels from being stolen, while there’s no sure-fire way to do so other than keeping your car locked in a garage, you could always try parking in high-traffic areas, or parking close to the curb, or even locking your wheels, although the latter isn’t the most practical solution.

  • Mr. EP9

    It happens to almost every car. Ford had the same problem as well IIRC. Must be a really slow news day.

  • 101st ASS

    Use locking lugs bro….

    • Six_Tymes

      yeah, pretty dumb not to have locking lugs, especially with a car like that. maybe insurance fraud? I once knew (not personally) but a renter that to this day, i am almost certain he did that to collect insurance money, this was back in the early 90’s, it happened to his VW Scrirocco. I saw him and his brother moving wrapped in blankets same sized wheels into a van, and never saw the van again. Next morning his 5 month new Scrirocco had no wheels.

      • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

        It probably had locking lugs/wheel nuts. Its not impossible to remove them – especially for criminals!

      • D3X

        Surprisingly easy to remove Locking Lugs and nuts. Just hammer in 12 point socket over the lucking lugs.

    • db

      If you look a little closer on the second pic, you will notice the lug bolts are completely removed. I don’t believe this was done by some punks down the street.

    • Kash

      those won’t stop a thief. there’s plenty of videos online showing people how to get around them with a couple tools and while it does some damage to the car itself the wheels are left mostly intact.

    • ▶️ ProtectOurHeritage ◀️

      I purchased a car where the previous owner – who seemed to live up to the typical dumb blonde stereotype – had lost the locking wheel nuts! Its not impossible to remove them if you know what you are doing.

  • JohnS1000RR

    Another idiot without a set of wheel locks..

    • Jase1125

      Another idiot who thinks wheel locks are wheel theft proof.

  • uS’gedlemba

    that attitude will take you knowhere

  • db

    I think “your” on to something “their”.

  • Jase1125

    The global chief idiot awakens from his slumber.

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