ELLSWORTH, Kansas — That’s a sinister plot, indeed.
Police in Kansas have fielded numerous reports from people discovering that the lug nuts on their vehicles have been loosened.
In some cases, wheels have even popped off while driving, although no one has been hurt, the Ellsworth police department said.
The only thing the targets have had in common is that they either are or are related to first responders, the department said, meaning police officers, firefighters and EMTs.
None of the cases involved city-owned vehicles, but rather the personal cars belonging to the first responders.
Police urged city residents to inspect their tires and said they will find the culprit.
“It may seem like a funny or minor thing to do. But when we find you, you can and will be charged with any damage caused by your mischievous behavior and also take note if anyone is injured as a result you will be charged with that as well,” said Ellsworth Police Chief Emil Halfhill.