Crime briefs: Man arrested for stealing ex-wife’s car

Published 10:46 am Tuesday, August 30, 2011

An Austin man is in the Hennepin County Jail after allegedly taking his ex-wife’s car Sunday morning.

Rashid Rahim, 47, of Austin faces vehicle theft charges after his ex-wife called in her car as stolen, according to Police Chief Brian Krueger.

Rahim talked to his ex-wife around 7 a.m. Sunday asking to borrow her car to pick up clothing from a friend’s house. The victim told Rahim he could as long as that was the only thing he was using it for. Later, when the victim drove by the address Rahim said he’d be at, she didn’t see her car and called the police.

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Police from the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis notified Austin authorities around 6:30 p.m. Sunday that the stolen car was found and two people were in custody, Rahim being one of them. Austin police placed a hold on Rahim for vehicle theft charges.

The case has been forwarded to the Mower County Attorney’s office.

Police seek stolen black moped

Austin police are on the lookout for a black Honda moped after it was reported stolen early Sunday morning.

Matthew Madrigal, 22, reported his moed stolen around 2:43 a.m. Sunday after he had stopped at a friend’s house.

Police Chief Brian Krueger said Madrigal had been at the house for about 10 minutes when he heard a scraping noise outside. Madrigal went outside to investigate and found his moped missing.

The moped is valued at about $600 and has the license plate 33483 MP. It had a full tank of gas and no keys in the ignition when it was stolen. There are no suspects at this time and residents are encouraged to call police with information.

Parts take from auto business

LeRoy Auto Clinic is missing a few parts.

Police are investigating the disappearance of about $400 worth of scrap metal, including a transmission, brake rotors and exhaust parts, from the LeRoy store.

Store workers called in the theft at around 11:15 a.m. Monday, saying the parts were missing from a junk bin behind the shop.