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Austin man charged with motor vehicle theft

An Austin man arrested in Minneapolis after allegedly stealing his ex-wife's car appeared Tuesday in Mower County District Court.

Rashid Jihad Rahim, 47, was charged with one count each of felony motor vehicle theft and financial transaction card fraud, a gross misdemeanor.

According to the police report, a 54-year-old woman told Austin police she had loaned her vehicle to her ex-husband — Rahim — early Sunday morning so he could move some items from a home in Austin.

By 10:20 a.m., he hadn’t returned the vehicle as promised; the woman reported the car stolen.

About 6:30 that evening, Austin Police Department received a call from University of Minnesota police, saying they had located the vehicle and had two people in custody.


Rahim was reportedly the driver. He was taken to Hennepin County Jail, then transported to Austin.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 8. He remains in Mower County Jail.

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