Two men found in a stolen car

Matthew Short Photo: Olmsted Co Jail. Matthew Short

Updated: December 09, 2019 11:03 AM
Created: December 09, 2019 10:59 AM

(ABC 6 News) - Two men are facing charges after being pulled over in a stolen car Sunday, according to the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office.

Just before 5 a.m., an Olmsted County Sheriff’s Deputy saw a car leave a home in northwest Rochester that law enforcement is familiar with, according to Captain Scott Behrens.


Thinking someone in the vehicle that left the home, which is located in the 6500 block of West River Road NW, might have an active warrant, the deputy followed the car from a distance, Behrens said.

While following the car, the deputy reportedly noticed a dealership plate, but no temporary tags, and found that the car matched a description for a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix, which was reported stolen out of Rochester.

The deputy continued to follow the car, and once back-up arrived, a stop was made near Highway 52 and 75th Street, Behrens said.

A run of the vehicle’s VIN number confirmed it was in fact a stolen car, and 31-year-old Matthew Short of Rochester was in the driver’s seat, Behrens said.

During the stop, Short allegedly tried to go for the keys, but a deputy grabbed him and took him into custody.

Also in the car was 40-year-old Norman McCloy of Rochester, who was in the passenger seat and 0.26 grams of methamphetamine were found near the floorboard of his seat, Behrens said.

McCloy was released, but Behrens said he could face charges of 5th degree controlled substance crimes.

Law enforcement also learned that Short had a misdemeanor Olmsted County warrant for theft, and was taken into custody on that warrant, and may also face a felony charge of possession a stolen motor vehicle and driving with a revoked license.

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