Thief Dies After Van Falls On Him While Attempting To Steal Wheels

by NESN Staff

December 12, 2017

One man is dead after an attempted theft went awry.

Pittsburgh police received reports of a fatality in the neighborhood of Homewood around 8:50 a.m. ET on Tuesday, according to WCVB-TV. Once officers arrived on the scene, they discovered a body underneath a Chevrolet Express panel van that was sitting on blocks.

“According to the investigation, it is believed the male victim was attempting to steal the wheels from a van when the vehicle fell on top of him,” the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

Police have yet to identify the body.

Wheel theft is a fairly common issue, given that many car buyers don’t buy the optional wheel locks when purchasing their vehicles. But thieves typically target cars with alloy wheels — such as the Honda Accord — as they are worth more than steel sets, such as the ones seen on the Chevy van.

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