WARSAW, Mo. -- The rising cost of metal has some thieves targeting a heavy piece of steel. They're snagging tailgates off pickups in just seconds. Law enforcement agencies have had reports of this crime all over southwest Missouri and even around the country.
Josh Griffin, who works at Mid Missouri AutoSports, has a number of customers whom he never meets. He sells most of his pickups to online buyers and then ships them across the country. There's one type of customer that he'd love to meet, however -- the ones who pick up five-finger discounts.
“It's aggravating, it's frustrating, and it costs people money,” said Griffin.
Griffin is talking about a crime that takes less than 15 seconds, and leaves dealers with trucks with no tailgates.
“Once you release these two levers right here, get it up at the right angle here and pull this off – it takes two guys -- and you're done,” he said, showing how thieves operate.