Deming Police Chief Brandon Gigante said a tailgate was taken off a pickup parked off Emerson Drive sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning.
Gigante said the targets are early 2000 model General Motors pickups. At least two of the victims had parked their trucks at Starmax, while the latest was in a residential area.
Nothing else on the pickups has been tampered with.
Gigante said his detectives are working on possible markets for the tailgates, since the thieves are probably selling them for quick cash.
He also said anyone with any information on the tailgate thieves is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 546-7800 or text a tip through TipSoft.
TipSoft is the new service for people to anonymously submit crime-related tips through the internet, a text message, or by downloading the TipSubmit app to their mobile phone.
Anonymous tips can be submitted by visiting www.lunacountynm.us or by texting LUNATIP plus your message to CRIMES – or 274637.