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ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Rockdale County Sheriff's office and Conyers police department say thieves have been taking tailgates in recent weeks.

This crime is new to the Conyers area, but the theft of Ford tailgates has been a nationwide problem for years.

Thieves are able to remove a trucks tailgate in less than a minute.

The Rockdale County Sheriff's office and Conyers police department say thieves have been taking tailgates in recent weeks.

Conyers police say the first theft was reported in May and they have seen four more this month.

Officer Kim Lucas told 11 Alive News the thieves are stealing tailgates from Ford F-250, F-350 and F-450 pickup trucks. "It's a possibility that they're scrapping them but the higher value, the more they would get bang for their buck, really would be to sell them on the street," she said.

Conyers police released two surveillance videos of two tailgate thefts. One shows a suspect in a dark colored SUV stealing a tailgate from a pickup truck that was parked at the Comfort Inn in Conyers on July 2.

Another video shows a theft at Courtesy Ford in Conyers. A white Ford pickup truck drove onto the car lot and within two minutes, removed a tailgate from a brand new Ford F-250, and installed it on his own truck.

Courtesy Ford General Manager Jay Barksdale said the thieves aren't getting anywhere near what it is costing victims to replace the tailgates, especially newer ones with backup cameras. "It can get super expensive, two to three thousand dollars," he said.

Conyers police and the Rockdale County Sheriff Office are encouraging pickup truck owners to lock their tailgates to prevent the thefts.

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