Flat-tire scheme has drivers on alert across area

Posted at 2:47 PM, Apr 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-02 17:11:07-04

If you are a driver in any of the five boroughs, then you are going to want to hear this.

They have worked out their routine so well, they’ve flawlessly robbed sixteen unsuspected drivers in sixteen different locations.   They are the fix-a-flat bandits.

The latest robbery happened at the corner of Union Avenue and Withers Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn last Wednesday.   Cops say they believe three men are involved and Wednesday’s robbery followed the same pattern.   A unsuspecting driver is approached by a man who tells him the back tire is flat.

The driver gets out of the car to check with the so called good samaritan, while another man then grabs money and the drivers jacket from inside the car.   Then both men disappear before the driver even knows anything is missing.

In one case on February 28th, surveillance video actually captured two of the men on camera walking away with stolen goods in hand.

Cops say the men like to travel and have hit different locations in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan.   In some of the robberies they wore construction outfits to look more legitimate and even offer an actual can of ‘fix-a-flat’ to some drivers.

Cops want them off the street.  If you recognize them or have any information, please call the Crimestoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.