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Man accused of stealing tire rims

— A Sebring man has been accused of stealing tire rims valued at $2,250 from a local automobile salvage business, according to a sheriff’s report released this week.

Wakem Tyewon Robinson, 24, 558 Broad St., was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and charged with burglary of an unoccupied structure, third-degree grand theft and dealing in stolen property.

A warrant stated that Robinson is accused of carrying out a scheme to steal tire rims and then having the rims taken to various locations for storage. Plans also were to store some rims at one location and sell those for more money, the warrant said.

But authorities began investigating the situation after a woman found some of the rims on her property and reported that she did not own the rims, the report said.

Further investigation led to stolen rims being found at other locations, as well as identification of a man who was helping to transport rims for sale, the report said. That man helped authorities locate some of the stolen rims, the warrant said.

The thefts of the rims occurred between Feb. 5 and Feb. 10, 2014, the report said.

Stolen rims valued at $1,800 have been recovered, the report said.