Hibbing police have arrested a 34-year-old Virginia man after he allegedly stole a vehicle owned by the National Guard.

According to Timothy Schlenvogtz, the Readiness and Facility MCO of the Hibbing Armory, the workers had gone inside the building to grab lunch after starting the vehicle, and then came back out to drive the vehicle to Chisholm, only to find the vehicle was gone.

Officials say they were notified of the incident by military personnel who were following the vehicle, a HEMMT wrecker, which was pulling a PLS trailer, just before 1 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Police eventually caught up with the vehicle and trailer on Highway 37, where the suspect eventually pulled over and was arrested without incident.

The suspect is being held on possible charges of theft and driving while intoxicated. 

The vehicle and trailer suffered minor damage during the incident, which is still under investigation.

If you have any information on the case, you're asked to call the Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs Office at 651-282-4410.


National Guard officials say at least one person has been arrested after leading police on a chase in a stolen National Guard vehicle.

According to Timothy Schlenvogtz, the Readiness and Facility MCO of the Hibbing Armory, a type of recovery vehicle called a PLS Wrecker was stolen from the Field Maintenance Shop sometime during the lunch hour.

The shop is located next door to the armory.

Schlenvogtz says workers had started the vehicle to bring it to the Chisholm armory, and then went inside to grab lunch.

When the workers came back outside, they saw the vehicle was gone.

The suspect led police on a chase for an unknown amount of time.

This is a developing story, and we will have more information as it becomes available.