Wheel Heels: Brazen Thieves Steal the Tires off a Car on Caruso Street

The tires on Jim D'orsi's Honda Civic were stolen sometime Sun¬day night or early Monday morning on quiet Caruso street.

Caruso Street isn’t exactly East St. Louis, so it was with quite a bit of surprise on Monday morning when Jim D’Orsi walked out of his two-story home adorned with white columns on his quiet residential street and found his daughter’s Honda Civic resting on cinder blocks – its tires and rims completely removed.

It wasn’t the kind of crime that D’Orsi, his neighborhood or Revere Police are accustomed to seeing, but it’s something that D’Orsi said might be the next wave of unbelievable crime in Revere.

Many in the neighborhood have endured numerous car breaks over the last few years, and that has become somewhat expected.

“First they were stealing the GPS systems and they got two of mine,” said D’Orsi. “Then they were taking the manhole covers right off the street. Now this? Is this what they’re going to do now? If so, I want to know where the police were all night? This took time to do and you want to tell me that there was no one driving by to see it happen? City services here are awful and the police leadership needs to do something more than they’re doing.”

The outrageous theft of all four wheels took place while the family slept Sunday night, and no one in the neighborhood heard anything. D’Orsi said they were sleeping just 20 yards away from where the car was parked on the street and they heard nothing either.

D’Orsi said there was nothing special about the rims, other than the fact that standard Honda rims are made of aluminum alloy. He also said that the tires were all new.

All day Monday, the car sat on the street in front of D’Orsi’s home balanced on four cinder blocks placed in the middle that were used like a lever – or fulcrum – and then left behind.

Only the bare wheel drum and cavernous empty wheel wells were showing.

D’Orsi said that when he contacted police he was a bit outraged, and they told him that they only had three patrols in the City Sunday night – as they were severely short-staffed.

Revere Police were not available this week to comment on D’Orsi’s matter, but a police report has been filed.

To make matters worse, D’Orsi said he contacted the Mayor’s Office to try and get some satisfaction. He said he was told by a worker in that office to wait until January and talk with the new administration.

“I’ve lived in Revere all my life and in this house 15 years,” he said. “This isn’t a ghetto here. When we considered moving out of Revere, my kids convinced us to stay and we moved here to this house. This is my third house in Revere. My children are adults and I have grandchildren now. We were going to stay here until we retired in a few years – then maybe move south. We didn’t move to Middleton years ago like everyone else. We stayed here, but I don’t know if I’m sticking around for this kind of stuff. If this is what Revere is about now; that someone can do this kind of thing and get away with it while we sleep, then I don’t think I want to be here for it. I’m boiling at this point.”

City Councillor Charlie Patch said he was aware of the incident and is looking into it. He said many cars have wheel locks nowadays and he’s surprised that D’Orsi’s Honda did not have such locks.

“I’ve never seen anything like that in as long as I’ve been around here,” said Patch.

7 comments for “Wheel Heels: Brazen Thieves Steal the Tires off a Car on Caruso Street

  1. December 22, 2011 at 11:51 am

    “He said many cars have wheel locks nowadays and he’s surprised that D’Orsi’s Honda did not have such locks.”

    A typical attempt to shift blame away from Revere city officials by a Revere politician.  The real question is how someone could possibly pull such a time-consuming crime off. Even with a short staffed police force, this is a very valid question.  I’ve called the Revere police to report suspicious activity, and I’ve been extremely disappointed with the  indifferent attitude usually expressed by the staffers at the office who took the call.  Since I live on the beach, their primary concern usually seems to be “which side of the beach is it on” so that they can shift the responsibility to the state police when possible.  I even had the dispatcher once argue with me about whether the location that I was describing even existed.

  2. Mike Guarino
    December 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Just cause you haven’t seen it Patch doesn’t make it alright!! Mr Dorsi is right, if this happens while we sleep what’s next!!! To make such a remark as referring to wheel locks is another way of saying oh well should of been prepared!!! Yes the police department is under staffed but it that our, the citizens fault?? Totally inexcusable and shame on the city for passing the buck!!!

  3. Jlong
    December 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I live two streets away and they stole the 2 new central air units right from the yard between midnight and 6 am, They just cut the freon and electric lines and took them away. The police said you can file a report if you want, but there probably scrapped now. So luckly they were covered by the insurance, but I am still out a grand before the holidays, and the insurance doesn’t cover the re-installation only the two units that were worth four thousand. So basically I am out three grand in the spring when I get replacements.

  4. December 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Exactly.   Patch’s comment is basically the equivalent of blaming a rape victim because she wore the wrong outfit.    Shame on Mr. Patch for making such an inappropriate assessment of the situation, but even more, shame on the people of Revere for putting him in a position of power where he is able to do so.   To a large extent, people get the government that they deserve. 

  5. Anonymous
    December 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Revere has become “ghetto” for a long time going now.  It’s not about talking prejudice, it’s about a culture that the city has become.  I also find it interesting reading more than one post on the paper’s Website here, regarding Revere’s filled coffers and zeroed out budgets–where, then, are the monies that could help with such police staffing shortages and other cutting-edge monitoring services between City Hall, the Police Department, and the different neighborhoods of the City, that could help look out for and alert about such crimes taking place, on a regular basis?

    Forget about trying to contact Revere City Hall.  New administration forthcoming or not, I think it’s not revealing news to say that the staff there are not known for their customer service skills splendor or aptitude.  Mr. D’Orsi’s reactions and comments are right–including the idea that Middleton probably sounds a lot better now than Revere has ever, especially over this past decade or so.

  6. Leed529
    December 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I live on Fenley Street and had this happen to my boyfriends car in July right in the driveway.  He has an Acura TL type S and he too had factory rims WITH wheel locks.   These people are not amateurs they get it done and they get it done fast.  This too happened on  a Sunday night.  It is no surprise to me why car insurance is so much in Revere.  Just 2 weeks ago again on a Sunday night my car was broken into and my GPS, Ipod and cell phone charger were stolen.  This area has gone done the drain and I will move out of the city before my son is old enough for school.  They need to start putting more cops on the streets, especially the areas that are having these problems.  Going to city hall isn’t going to do anything and Patch proved that by trying to put the blame back on the victim of this.  

  7. Anonymous
    February 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    yup, should have moved out of Revere when you had the chance

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