Dec 08, 2022

Sheriff: Car theft suspect caught hiding under Kansas bridge

Posted Dec 08, 2022 1:00 AM
Olson-photo Dickinson Co.
Olson-photo Dickinson Co.

DICKINSON COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities are investigating a California man who allegedly stole a vehicle in Colorado.

Just after 12:30a.m. Monday, the Salina Police Department notified the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office of a stolen black Mercedes GL Coupe traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 at approximately 150mph, according to Undersheriff Jeff Vaughan

The Mercedes, valued at approximately $70,800, had been reported stolen due to it being fraudulently purchased by a subject with false identification in Colorado.

A Dickinson County deputy located the vehicle unoccupied in the area of West 7th Street and Maple Street in Solomon. The deputy obtained a description of the suspect later identified as 43-year-old Matthew Walden Olson, 43, of San Francisco, California.

An unmanned aircraft system was deployed and a Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office K9 officer responded to assist in the search for Olson. The Sheriff’s Office K9 located him hiding under the bridge near West 5th Street and Maple Street in Solomon.

The suspect was taken into custody and provided a false name to the deputies who eventually confirmed his identity as Olson. He is being held in the Dickinson County Jail on requested charges of theft of the vehicle, interference with law enforcement, identity theft and drug possession.