Amboy Man Charged With Multiple Felony Counts After Allegedly Stealing Copper Wire

An Amboy man is accused of multiple metal wire thefts, including one that left hime with electrical burns and hundreds of people without power for hours.

Thirty six year old Travis John Olson is facing felony charges in two counties in connection with three cases filed last week.

Olson allegedly was caught on camera stealing $1,200 worth of copper wiring in late October from a property in Nicollet County that stores demolition materials.  He was charged with one count of felony theft Friday in Nicollet County District Court.

On November 2nd, Olson burned himself while breaking into an electrical box in St. Peter, a court complaint said.

Police reported they found methamphetamine, marijuana, bolt cutters and other burglary tools.  A detective obtained a search warrant to see Olson’s medical records and learned he was treated for electrical burns November 2nd at the Mayo Clinic Health System Emergency Room in Mankato.

Olson later admitted he “just grabbed a wire” and it went “boom,” according to the court complaint.  He’s been charged in Nicollet County District Court with felony counts of property damage, possession of burglary tools and drug possession.

On Tuesday the owner of a semi trailer parked in rural Amboy reported wiring had been cut off.  A deputy suspected Olson, who lives nearby and obtained a search warrant to search his residence and outbuildings.  The stolen wiring allegedly was found, along with multiple spools of wire, ammunition and methamphetamine, a court complaint said.

Olson was charged Thursday in Blue Earth County District Court with felony counts of theft, property damage, possession of burglary tools, drug possession, storing drug paraphernalia near a child and possessing ammunition after a felony conviction.