Suspect Caught 19 Sep 11

A suspect in a series of vehicle thefts was taken into custody after several days on the run.

37-year-old Matthew James Wrobleski of Willmar is being held in the Meeker County Jail and faces multiple charges.

According to Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, Wrobleski was found hiding in the swamp after a chase that led authorities south of Kingston, off highway 15, about 50 yards northeast of where he had left a truck he had earlier taken from a home in rural Kingston.

Wrobleski had been the focus of an intensive search last week by law enforcement officials from several counties.

With the help of additional Meeker County sheriff’s deputies, deputies from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota state troopers and a Wright County K-9 handler, the suspect, later identified as Wrobleski, was apprehended in the swamp.

Norlin said Wrobleski sustained some minor injuries from the dog and was taken by Goldcross Ambulance to Hutchinson Area Healthcare for treatment. He then was transported to the Meeker County Jail in Litchfield, where he is being held on charges of motor vehicle theft, fleeing in a motor vehicle, fleeing on foot and obstructing legal process by force.

There were warrants out for his arrest as well in Renville and Redwood counties on felony motor vehicle theft, gross misdemeanor domestic assault and a probation violation.

Wrobleski also is a suspect and has been the main focus of a multi-county investigation in more than two dozen motor vehicle thefts, burglaries and other incidents in recent weeks in Meeker, Renville, McLeod and Kandiyohi counties.