Crime Spree Guilty Plea 26 Apr 12

A Willmar man accused of leading authorities on a week-long manhunt following a string of thefts has pleaded Guilty to several charges in Renville County Court as part of a plea deal. 38-year-old Matthew James Wrobleski had been charged with 14 different felonies in Renville County after a week-long intensive search last September by law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions. He was accused of breaking into a residence near Bird Island and removing copper pipes and wiring as well as stealing ATVs and other vehicles from several locations. On Monday Wrobleski pleaded guilty to felony charges of illegal possession of a firearm, 2nd-degree burglary, and theft of a motor vehicle. He also faces charges such as motor vehicle theft and check forgery in Meeker and Kandiyohi Counties. As part of the plea deal in Renville County, Wrobleski has agreed to make restitution to his victims for all of the offenses he was originally charged with. That is expected to add up to tens of thousands of dollars. He will likely serve 48-months in prison as well.