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Tires stolen at 3 Tri-Rail station parking lots

Commuters find cars on bricks at parking lots

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DANIA BEACH, Fla. – Police are investigating after tires were reported stolen yet again from Tri-Rail stations in Broward County.

The Dania Beach Tri-Rail park-and-ride lot is one of three lots where commuters found their cars on bricks and their tires and rims gone.

Police believe that the culprits operate as fast as a NASCAR pit crew.

"I was shocked. I said, 'Here we go again,' because I saw it on the news," Donette Outar said. "It pains my heart. Hardworking people trying to make a living. This is what happened."

Two stunned commuters told Local 10 News reporter Todd Tongen that they found their cars on bricks and their tires gone after returning from work on Tuesday.

The same crime was reported at the Sheridan Street station in June and the Fort Lauderdale station in August.

Police said they believe that the thieves operate in the daytime.

A representative from the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority said they are trying to catch the crooks, but one of Tuesday's victims said she had no idea that the thefts were going on and said Tri-Rail officials should have warned its commuters.

"There were no announcements. There were no signs to say that you're parking at your own risk, commuters please be aware, a security alert, nothing," Cidya Grant, whose tires were stolen, said.

"It's very concerning. This is a very serious issue and we are taking measures to deal with it," South Florida Regional Transportation Authority spokeswoman Bonnie Arnold said.

Arnold said security has been stepped up at many of the Tri-Rail stations in the area.

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