PD: Tailgate thieves targeting trucks at Phoenix shopping centers, homes

Posted at 5:52 PM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-17 08:17:39-05

Police are on the hunt for thieves suspected of targeting pickup truck tailgates from vehicles parked in Phoenix shopping centers and outside homes.

Phoenix Police say the suspects lift the unsecured tailgate from the truck, which can be easily done with the aid of tools. 

Multiple suspect vehicles have been seen on video, including a white Hyundai sedan with a white male driver, a white Chevrolet sedan with a white male passenger, an older-model red and black Dodge Ram pickup, and a black sedan with a white male driver. 

See surveillance video in the player above.

Police say an inexpensive way to help secure the tailgates is by taking a hose clamp and attaching it to the hinge point of the tailgate. While this won't completely prevent the theft, it will make it harder for the thief to remove the tailgate.