OLIVIA -- Matthew James Wrobleski, 38, of Willmar, made his first court appearance this morning in Renville County District Court on a total of nine felony charges for motor vehicle theft, fleeing a peace officer, receiving stolen property, burglary and possession of weapons by a convicted felon.
Wrobleski was arrested Sept. 18 in Meeker County after a week-long intensive search by law enforcement officials from several area counties. The arrest came after a citizen reported the theft of a pickup from a rural Kingston residence, according to information from Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin. The driver fled in the vehicle before driving into a swampy area and fleeing on foot.
Meeker County and Wright County sheriff's deputies, Minnesota state troopers and a Wright County K-9 handler responded to find the suspect, later identified as Wrobleski, hiding in the swamp about 50 yards northeast of where he had left the stolen truck.
Wrobleski was charged in Meeker County with felony charges of motor vehicle theft, fleeing a peace officer, obstructing the legal process and property damage. His next appearance in that case is Dec. 28.
Read more about Wrobleski's first court appearance in Renville County, and the allegations against him, in Thursday's West Central Tribune. And continue to follow the case here on wctrib.com.