On Scooby-Doo, those meddling kids are usually responsible for foiling a criminal's plan, but in St. Paul, Minnesota, you can blame an unassuming house.
The Pioneer Press reports someone -- possibly Penrod Stillwall or Asa Shanks, but we can't confirm -- stole a van painted to look like the Mystery Machine late Thursday or Friday, and promptly crashed it into a home a few miles away.
Police have located two suspects, but haven't made an arrest. We can only assume they're waiting to stage an elaborate trap using Shaggy and Scooby as decoys.
This Mystery Machine doesn't belong to Fred Jones but rather Guy Frechette, who's actually owned three of them over the years. He told the newspaper said his long association with the Mystery Inc. gang began years ago when he bought a yellow, rusty van. He told his then 3- or 4-year-old son Avery that he could paint it however he wanted; during visit to McDonald's, the boy opened up his Happy Meal and discovered a toy Mystery Machine.
That was 17 or 18 years ago (Avery is now 21). In that time the Frechette family has had three Mystery Machines, sometimes painted to resemble the cartoon vehicle, other times to look like the one from the movies.
This van has probably seen its last mystery, however: Although Frechette hadn't been able to inspect the van on Friday afternoon, he thinks the damage to the 20-year-old vehicle is too extensive to repair. And to add insult to injury, friends have been calling and posting Facebook messages with references to “meddling kids” and “Zoinks!”
Curiously enough, this is the second crime involving a Mystery Machine in as many months. In March, a woman driving a minivan painted to look like the Scooby-Doo vehicle led police in Redding, California, on a high-speed chase.
There's just something about that teal-and-green van ...
Zoinks! They would have gotten away with it, too, if it wasn't for that meddling house in the way. Suspects located. pic.twitter.com/UhSA5FDpaJ
— St. Paul Police PIO (@sppdPIO) May 13, 2016