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Sturgis Police investigating string of burglaries

STURGIS, S.D. – Sturgis Police are increasing saturation patrols in hopes of curbing a string of burglaries that have been reported this month.

Police Chief Geody VanDewater says at least five businesses have been broken into, as well as numerous homes and garages around town.

“We have them going on and we have also seen some car burglaries and some residential and garage burglaries.”

He says a recent burglary involved the theft of some expensive construction-related tools.

As for suspects, VanDewater says they have been in contact with a person of interest and a juvenile has been apprehended in connection with some vehicle burglaries.

However, he says the investigation continues, and he’s urging people to take some precautions.

Keeping some outside lights on. Lights are good detterence in dark areas like behind your shed or garage where you have a door. Same with businesses. If criminals think they may be seen in a light, they are more likely are going to find a darker area.”

VanDewater also says lock your cars and doors, and never leave valuables inside of your vehicle. Like Rapid City, Sturgis has also had its share of firearms being stolen out of cars.

And report anything suspicious.

“We always stress, no matter what type of crime, call us. If you see something that just doesn’t feel right, give us a call. It’s always better to check something out.”

VanDewater says officers are performing more saturation patrols in the wake of the increased number of burglaries.

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