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Olivia man demands hearing to challenge charges leveled against him

WILLMAR — Matthew James Wrobleski, 40, of Olivia, appeared Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court on felony charges of receiving stolen property and offering a forged check. He demanded a hearing to challenge the charges, which will be held September 10.

Kandiyohi County charged Wrobleski with receiving stolen property following a chase with sheriff’s deputies on June 11 that ended in New London. A scooter was found in the back of the 1988 Chevrolet pickup that Wrobleski drove. The scooter had been reported stolen from a Litchfield residence. Parts had been removed from it and a key not belonging to it had been jammed in the ignition when found in the pickup truck.

The Willmar Police Department charged Wrobleski on July 11 after the Heritage Bank in Willmar reported that a $650 check cashed by Wrobleski was forged. Citibank reported that the check’s routing number was bogus and that the account and individual listed on the check were fictitious.

The complaint charged that Wrobleski had presented the check to the bank while accompanied by an individual with an account at the bank.

Wrobleski has a previous record of similar theft and check forgery charges. He was sentenced in 2012 to 39 months in prison on theft, check forgery and burglary in Meeker, Kandiyohi and Renville counties for a weeks-long crime spree in the summer of 2011 that spanned the three counties.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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