3 arrested in sting operation


Item recovered from Volga burglary; other stolen items recovered

BROOKINGS – Three people were arrested Thursday afternoon in a multi-agency operation when they allegedly tried to sell a stolen item, according to the Brookings Police.

The Brookings County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from Brookings Police and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, were investigating a December burglary that had occurred in Volga, according to Lt. Marci Gebers of the Brookings Police.

The two men and one woman were taken into custody without incident at 1 p.m. Thursday, Gebers said. No one was injured.

Joshua Hamilton, 32, of Sioux Falls, is facing charges of possession of stolen property, unauthorized ingestion of a controlled drug or substance, unauthorized possession of a controlled drug, and an outstanding warrant for a drug offense out of Nobles County, Minnesota.

Michael Harrington Jr., 30, of Brandon, is facing charges of possession of stolen property, unauthorized ingestion of a controlled drug or substance, and unauthorized possession of a controlled drug.

Breanna Miller, 26, of Sioux Falls, is facing charges of possession of stolen property, unauthorized ingestion of a controlled drug or substance, unauthorized possession of a controlled drug, false impersonation to deceive law enforcement, and an outstanding warrant for a drug offense out of Minnehaha County. She also has charges pending for unauthorized articles in the jail, because meth was found on her person, Gebers said.

All three suspects are scheduled to appear at Brookings County Magistrate Court for bond hearings Monday afternoon.

A probable cause statement from the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office says a storage unit burglary was reported in late December, and an antique cash register taken from the unit was found for sale on Facebook.

“During the course of the investigation, one of the items that had been stolen during that burglary was found to be for sale on social media,” Gebers said.

“Communication was established with the individuals selling the item, and arrangements were made to purchase and pick up the item in the 700 block of Main Avenue South,” Gebers said.

“Three individuals arrived in the 700 block of Main Avenue South with the stolen item in their possession, and these individuals were subsequently placed under arrest for several offenses,” Gebers said.

“The item that was stolen during that burglary in Volga was recovered, along with some other stolen items,” Gebers said, adding the other items were stolen from somewhere else.

The probable cause statement alleges that methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in the vehicle the three suspects were in, along with new clothing with tags still on them.

“At some point, once this moves through the court process, we’ll be able to return property to (the owners),” she said.

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