St. Paul police said the conversation between Nuj Shisnab Yang, 23, of Maplewood, and Tou Xao Thao, 21, of St. Paul, was recorded when they were placed in the back of a squad car Aug. 19, and was later translated by a Hmong-speaking officer, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Friday.
Police said the men, who were seen walking away from a stolen car with a "shaved key" that could be used to start the vehicle discovered nearby, discussed denying ownership of the key and attempted to come up with a convincing cover story.
The men were charged with motor vehicle theft and possession of burglary or theft tools.
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