Thieves targeting '80s-era pickups

Photo by Brian Giandelone

Photo by Brian Giandelone

SNELLVILLE -- Someone is stealing trucks in southeastern Gwinnett.

Not just any trucks. This particular crew, according to police, fancies well-kept 1980s Chevys and GMCs, and is brazen about boosting them.

Since January, at least eight '80s-era pickups have been broken into and stolen from driveways in Snellville, Loganville, Grayson and Stone Mountain. Each vehicle was in good shape, and none had keys in the ignition, but police aren't exactly sure why the particular trucks are so alluring.

"We've got us a pattern going," said Snellville police Detective Trey Downs. "We've definitely got a crew out there targeting these specific vehicles."

Owners have ranged in age from their 20s to mid-70s.

The latest theft happened sometime after 11 p.m. on June 13 in the 1200 block of Snellville's Summit Chase Drive. The victim, age 72, called police in the wee hours to report his brown, 1987 GMC R15 conversion truck had vanished.

The victim estimated the truck's value at $8,000, according to a police report.

"They all have around the same dollar value listed," Downs said. "They're trying to target the same types of trucks in pretty good shape."

Other thefts include:

* Two 1985 Chevy trucks stolen March 9 within minutes of each other, on Old Rosser Road in Stone Mountain and North Road in Snellville.

* On April 14, two men were spotted breaking in and driving off in a 1987 Chevy R10 on Rosebud Road in Grayson.

* A 1987 Chevy R10 was stolen from Quail Hollow Trail in Snellville on April 21.

* In Loganville, investigators believe the theft of a mid-1980s truck and two El Caminos could be related, Downs said.

The only suspect description thus far is two white males, spotted during the Grayson theft. The truck's owner heard the vehicle starting and gave chase in another vehicle but lost track of the men on U.S. Highway 78, Downs said.

Snellville police investigators ask anyone with information on the auto thefts to call police at 770-985-3555.