Date and Time of Occurrence: 09-22-20 into 09-23-20 

Location: Rural Amboy 

Agency Point of Contact: Captain Paul Barta 

Details: On Tuesday evening at about 9:15 pm, law enforcement agencies in Blue Earth County were made aware that a 2014 white Ford SUV had been stolen from New Ulm. The SUV had a spotlight and was believed to be a retired police interceptor and a handgun was in the glove compartment. 

A Lake Crystal Police Officer spotted the stolen vehicle traveling east on Highway 60 at over 100 mph at about 11:30 pm. The officer pursued the SUV for a short distance but discontinued the chase after losing sight of it. 

Deputies followed up on a tip that the stolen vehicle attempted to get fuel in Amboy and located it unoccupied on Highway 169 near the Faribault County line around 11:45 pm. The glove compartment was left open and the handgun was missing. 

Area law enforcement conducted a search of the area with assistance from K9s and air support from the MN State Patrol but were unsuccessful in locating anyone associated with the stolen SUV. The New Ulm Police Department continued their investigation and identified 32-year-old Matthew Dennis Smith of St. Paul as a suspect. 

Just after 9:00 am Wednesday morning deputies responded to the Amboy area for a suspicious person complaint. A male matching the suspect’s description was walking along Highway 169. Area officers and deputies from Blue Earth and Faribault Counties took Matthew Smith into custody without incident. 

Matthew Smith has been turned over to the New Ulm Police Department. The firearm has not been recovered at the time of this release. The incident remains under investigation with the New Ulm Police Department being the lead agency. 

Anyone with related information can call the New Ulm Police Department at (507) 233-6720 or the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office at (507) 304-4863.