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Linden Hills Thieves Only Wanted 24

A strange crime hits Southwest Minneapolis.

Was it a case of "theft interrupted?" A prank? Or just one very strange thief?

A truck owner woke up to an unpleasant—if strange—surprise on the morning of Tuesday, Dec. 4 in the Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood Linden Hills, according to a report filed by officers with the Minneapolis Police Department.

After parking their vehicle near the corner of 44th Street and Vincent Avenue South around 8:30 p.m. on Monday night, the driver left for the night. When they returned at 7:30 a.m. the next morning, they discovered their car was missing two wheels.

Some time during the night, unknown thieves put all four corners of the vehicle on blocks, removed the front two tires, and made off with all 24 lug nuts off each wheel. The rear two tires were left on the truck, while the culprits piled the other two on the boulevard, leaning on a tree.

No similar thefts were reported in the area that night.

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