Law officers search for Willmar man Wrobleski, who is wanted in multiple counties
LITCHFIELD -- Law enforcement officers, including state troopers in a Minnesota State Patrol Helicopter, searched Tuesday afternoon near Cosmos for Matthew James Wrobleski, but were unable to locate the wanted man.
Anyone with information about the location of Wrobleski, 37, of Willmar, is asked not to confront him, but to call 911 or their local law agency.
Wrobleski is wanted for a string of burglaries and motor vehicle thefts, of vehicles and all-terrain vehicles, in Renville, Meeker, McLeod and Kandiyohi counties.
Tuesday afternoon's search began when the Meeker County Sheriff's office received a report of the theft of an ATV and a suspicious person around 12:45 p.m. A citizen along North Milky Way reported that a man had walked through his backyard and when confronted said he was running and training for the Army.
According to Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, the resident continued to question the man, whose description matches Wrobleski at 5'10" to 6' tall and about 220 pounds. However, the citizen described the suspect as a clean-shaven white man with blue eyes.
A crime alert issued Friday from Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable listed Wrobleski as having a full, dark beard.
Sheriff's deputies and the Cosmos Police searched the area, sought assistance from a State Patrol helicopter and then received a report of a second stolen ATV, a green Yamaha, from the Cosmos American Legion.
Officers and the helicopter located four-wheeler tracks through corn and bean fields south of Cosmos into Renville County, but were unable to locate the suspect.
Wrobleski is also the suspect in an earlier theft of a motor vehicle, a black 2008 Ford Escape, from Meeker County. That vehicle was located today in Raymond, where it was also reported that there was another vehicle stolen from that same location. The vehicle was a 2007 Jeep Commander dark red or maroon in color. The vehicle had Neil Motors dealer plates.
Sheriff Norlin urges citizens not to confront Wrobleski, but to call 911 immediately.
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office and CEE-VI Drug and Gang Task Force also assisted with this incident.