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Simon Little returned to his Dunedin suburban home on Monday to find the wheels had been taken from the wreck of his 2006 Nissan Fairlady Z.
''It had just been sitting out the front of my house for about three weeks while I decided what to do with it. . . I rolled into the driveway and looked over and I thought 'Oh, it's missing something' and the wheels were gone.''
He suspected the wheels were taken between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.
The car itself was involved in a collision in October and written-off.
Mr Little bought the vehicle back as a donor vehicle for his replacement Nissan.
He immediately thought either his father or brother had taken the wheels for themselves or given them to someone else.
''Nobody I knew had touched the wheels.''
Once he realised they had been stolen he thought he had better ''get to the bottom of it pretty quickly''.
''I was shocked.''
He had not reported the theft to police.