by Marcus Washington
OLD HICKORY, Tenn. - An Old Hickory man woke up to find three tires and a spare missing from his Jeep.
Self-proclaimed Jeep enthusiast, James Cartwright, said purchasing this 2013 Rubicon six months ago was exciting.
"When it comes to Jeep life, the camping... the kind of ruggedness of it; so, I was very excited about it," said Cartwright.
When you expect to take your Jeep on those excursions, Cartwright said you have to be prepared.
"Of course the first thing you do is you buy new wheels and tire to put on it, to take care of you going where you want to go," he said.
Cartwright said he spent more the $3000 for the four tires, rims and a spare, so you can imagine what he felt when his girlfriend asked was he doing some work on his tires - since they were gone.
"Sure enough I walked outside and I was even in my skivvies and it was unbelievable," said Cartwright.
Thursday morning, James found three of the Jeep's tires, plus the spare with stripped from his Jeep.
To add insult to injury, the crooks used the bricks surrounding the base of James' mailbox to prop up the frame of the Jeep after they stole the tires.
"They had to be able to set the vehicle down on something, so they went and grabbed these bricks out my flower garden and set the vehicle down on these bricks," he said.
James said he has no clue who would commit this crime, but he said the thieves knew what they were doing, considering the tools needed to remove the tires.
"A metric Allen wrench at that and then on top of that you have to have a special socket to get the lug nuts off with the way these wheels are machined," said Cartwright.
He has since filed a report with the Wilson County Sheriff's department and posted this reward and description of what happened on social media. He said he wants to get to word out, so others will be on the lookout.
"This time I am going to buy five different locking sets that take five different tools to take off one wheel," said Cartwright.
James said after posting the information on the Internet, more victims in the area said similar things have happened to them
There was surveillance video recorded and James is working with detectives on trying to figure out who is behind the crime.