Updated: 12/30/2013 10:43 PM
Created: 12/30/2013 4:35 PM KSTP.com
By: Todd Wilson
A North Minneapolis neighborhood woke up to a huge pile of used tires dumped in the backyard of a vacant house.
One resident heard a commotion and sprung into action to catch the illegal dumpers.
The tires were dumped at a home in the 3000 block of Fremont Avenue North. Police say two men rented a U-Haul truck and dumped 80-100 used tires in the backyard. Larye Pohlman took a picture as the truck was leaving. He got their license plate number.
"So I called the cops and tried to get something done about it," he said.
Minneapolis Police say they found the place where the truck was rented. Officers even found the tire shop where the tires came from.
According to police, the owner of the shop said the suspects claimed they would get rid of the tires in exchange for the shop's scrap metal.
While officers were in the shop they noticed the two men riding by in the rented truck. They chased the men and stopped them. The two men admitted they were the ones who had dumped the tires.
Lisa Wood lives next door to the vacant house.
"It was kind of an inside joke. We all thought some elves had dropped us off kind of a coal in the stoking type of thing. Literally overnight there was a giant massive pile," she said.
Wood says this shows a lack of respect for other people.
"And the people that dumped it should have know that. This isn't the proper disposal, this is someone's yard," she said.
The two men who were in this truck were ticketed. They are being charged with illegal dumping. Since tires are considered a hazardous material the charge will be upgraded.
Pohlman says that's good news. "I've lived here for over 9 years. I love living where I do. And I want to make sure everybody treats our neighborhood with the right type of love and respect."
Minneapolis Police say they are eyeing the two men for a similar incident last Friday. In that case, 100 used tires were dumped.