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Man steals car, then call the owner to help to start, police say

A man allegedly stole a car from a parking lot, the owner for helping with the setting up of the two hours later.

(Stearns County Jail)

A Minnesota man has been arrested after alleged theft of a car from a Walmart parking lot, then call the owner less than two hours later for help at the start of the vehicle.

Edward Leroy Wilson, 37, is suspected of sneaking into the car, the owner put it on away from the Sartell, Minn., store, the St. Cloud Times reported.

The woman who is the owner of the vehicle apparently wanted to warm it up Monday night in the chilly evening temperatures, but by the time she went to the parking lot, the car was gone.

Police say Wilson had driven the car more than an hour’s drive, but ran into trouble restarting the car after he had parked.

About 10:30 pm-less than two hours after the surveillance pictures showed the car leaving the party — the owner received a phone call from a woman who told her that it was a man with questions about the vehicle, the St. Cloud Times reported.

Wilson, who gave a fake name, then spoke with the owner directly and asked if they could find someone to start the car for him, police said.

Officers responding to a suspicious person call identified Wilson, and the stolen vehicle during Wilson’s conversation with the owner, according to local reports, and took Wilson into custody.

He reportedly admitted to the crime and told officers “he knew that it was not a good idea to get the vehicle,” according to a criminal complaint filed against him.

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