Caught on Tape: Thieves Steal SUV Seats

Video showing theft of third-row SUV seats unfolds in seconds.
3:00 | 10/19/12

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Now, to a brazen theft caught on camera. You better be careful if you have an suv or minivan because thieves are swiping rows of seats from vehicles in just seconds. What's behind the business senior thefts? Reporter: The owner of this suv parked it in his dallas driveway, and locked it up. What draws the attention of the crooks in that red car? Enough to make them put it in reverse and come back? It turns out the three thieves are after, of all things, the third row of seats. Watch as one of the trio breaks into the back. The other two dive in. Within seconds, part of the seats are out. And in just 40 seconds, the entire back row is gone. Police say so-called third seat theft on the rise, especially in texas and california. I feel really bad. People work hard for what they have. Reporter: Replacement seats are in demand by suv owners with damaged or worn out ones. Crooks can get about $1,000 for the seats on sites like craigslist or in salvage yards. Not bad for 40 seconds' work. Police have often recovered the stolen seats but have no way of reuniting them with their rightful owner. That's why los angeles police are encouraging owners to unengrave the suv v.I.N. Nber on the bottom of the seats. It's something that's simple. Reporter: Something as inexpensive as a bike lock will slow crooks down. A good investment because replacing a third seat at a dealership can cost up to $4,000. For "good morning america," ryan owens, abc news, dallas.

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