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Tailgate thieves hit car lots in Princeton, Tazewell

PRINCETON, W.Va. — Thieves targeting tailgates have hit car dealerships on both sides of the state line.

Robert Ramey, general manager of Ramey Motors, said tailgates were stolen last week at their Princeton dealership, and two weeks ago at the Tazewell, Va., location.

Troopers with the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment are investigating the thefts that occurred at the Princeton location, said Detachment Commander Sgt. D.W. Miller.

“They (tailgates) are in high demand and very expensive to replace,” Miller said. “They can have them off in a few seconds. No tools are needed.”

Miller said seven or eight tailgates, valued at $1,750 apiece, were stolen from the Princeton location.

“I think they are stealing it for the part,” Miller added. “I don’t think they’re cashing them in for the metal. Someone bringing in a truckload of tailgates should raise a red flag at the scrap yard…

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