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Man stole woman’s vehicle and called her later for help because it wouldn’t start

By Alexis Bell 6:05 AM February 9, 2018
Edward Wilson

A car thief was nabbed after he called the victim for help because the vehicle wouldn’t start.

Temperatures in Sartell, Minnesota, dropped to -9 degrees on Monday while a woman was shopping at Walmart.

The woman decided to use her automatic starter to warm up her Jeep Grand Cherokee before she went out to the parking lot.

However, when the woman arrived at the parking spot, her SUV was not there. She called the police, who reviewed the surveillance video, which showed a man climbing into the vehicle at around 8:30 p.m. and driving away.

It did not take long for police to arrest the suspect who was identified as 37-year-old Edward Leroy Wilson.

According to the police, two hours later, at around 10:30 p.m., the owner of the car received a phone call from a man who began asking questions about her Jeep.

Wilson claimed to be a worker of an auto glass repair company. He said that he had repaired the vehicle and that he needed to get the SUV started in order to return it to her.

He wanted the owner to use OnStar to auto-start it. Police were able to track Wilson down and he was arrested.

Wilson has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle and bail was set at $25,000.