Criminal mastermind steals car from Walmart parking lot, calls owner hours later for advice starting it

A “criminal mastermind” stole a car from a parking lot, but called the owner soon thereafter asking for help to start the vehicle.

The owner was shopping at a Minnesota Walmart last week and auto-started her car from inside the store, according to the St. Cloud Times.

But when she left the store, she found a missing car instead of a warm car.

Just under two hours after the car was stolen, the owner received a call from a woman who said a man was asking about the car, the newspaper reported. She identified the man as Wayne Hennen, a glass repair worker.

The woman handed the phone over to the car thief, later identified as Edward Leroy Wilson by police, who asked if she could have someone start the car for him because he parked it and could not restart it.

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Edward Leroy Wilson (Photo: Stearns County Jail)

Suffice it to say, we’re not talking about the sharpest tool in the shed.

Police were in the area responding to a suspicious person complaint, which turned out to be Wilson.

He was arrested and admitted to stealing the vehicle, telling officers “he knew that it was not a good idea to get in the vehicle.”

For the record, temperatures were in the single digits at the time.

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Tom Tillison


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