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Retail magnet found on couple's vehicle after shopping

File photo. (WLUK/Gabrielle Mays)

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WLUK) -- Police in Grand Chute are praising a couple who went to them with a mysterious find first, rather than posting to social media.

Police say the couple returned home from shopping and found a magnetic device preventing their trunk from latching.

The couple reported their finding to the police.

Police say it is a counter-mounted magnet used for removing security devices from clothing, typically used by retailers. Police are not sure how the magnet got there.

Police say the couple did the right thing by reporting the discovery to them first before posting it on social media, speculating it to be part of a human trafficking plot or attempted robbery.

Misinformation gets spread quickly on social media, and police say while it's always good to stay aware of your surroundings, it is best to contact law enforcement first before putting it on social media.


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