Wakefield Police report arresting three Dorchester men they say were spotted removing the tires from a Kia in an apartment-complex parking lot early Thursday.
Terrance Jason Ramos-Farnum, 25, Joel Winslow, 26, and Anthony Sanchez, 25, were charged with larcenty over $250.
Police say a resident of the Audubon Road complex called to report "men in dark clothes" removing the tires and wheels from a Kia Optima shortly after midnight.
The suspects were seen getting into a Honda Odyssey minivan.
Wakefield Police Officer David Rando arrived quickly and was able to successfully stop the Honda occupied by the suspects, as the minivan was exiting the complex.
Four tires and wheels were visible in plain view inside the vehicle.
Police say they returned the tires to the car's owner.