OnStar leads police officers to fugitive

giesbrecht, michael

WEST WENDOVER — A Sparks man wanted by police for questioning in relation to a murder was arrested early Monday morning by West Wendover police.

According to West Wendover police Sgt. David Wiskerchen, officers were notified at 2:04 a.m. Monday of an attempt to locate alert on a stolen vehicle from Sparks.

Using OnStar technology, the vehicle was tracked to West Wendover, where officers were able to hone in on the driver, later identified as Michael David Giesbrecht, 38.

Officers arrested Giesbrecht and learned that not only was he the suspect in the vehicle’s theft, but he was also wanted in connection to the death of the vehicle’s owner, which Sparks police had determined to be a homicide.

Giesbrecht also is wanted on a fugitive from justice warrant issued out of Idaho. A search of Idaho Department of Correction records indicates Giesbrecht had been paroled with his sentence completed in April 2010 for a burglary conviction out of Bonneville County.

The site also lists a bench warrant for his arrest issued out of the same county.

Giesbrecht was transported to the Elko County Jail and booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen vehicle and a fugitive from justice warrant. His bail is $115,000.

Wiskerchen said Sparks police have taken possession of the vehicle. Details as to the identity of the owner or specifics on the vehicle are not being released at this time because of the investigation into the homicide.

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