BROOKINGS – Brookings Police have arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with a couple of home burglaries this week, Assistant Chief Derrick Powers said.
The arrest stems from an alleged incident reported at 2:45 a.m. May 10, Powers said.
“We had responded to a residence in the 1000 block of Third Avenue after an individual was reported to have entered the residence. The reporting party was the female resident who, seeing the individual in the residence, screamed and the person left the residence on foot,” Powers said.
The two were not known to each other, he added.
“As part of the ongoing investigation, we conducted a surveillance operation in the area. During the early morning hours of May 13, the suspect returned to the residence and entered again,” Powers said. “We also … had information that he had also returned to the residence during the early morning hours of the 12th, but hadn’t entered.”
The police were able to identify the suspect as the 17-year-old boy.
“He was later that morning taken into custody at his residence, which was in the area,” Powers said.
The boy was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center and detained for two counts of first-degree burglary for the incidents that occurred May 10 and 13.
Powers declined to say if anything was taken during the alleged burglaries, citing the ongoing investigation.
The Brookings Police Department asks anyone who has information about any incidents of this sort occurring in the area around the 1000 block of Third Avenue to contact the department.
“We believe that this individual has been involved in activity of this sort in the area dating back to October 2019,” Powers said.
If the incident occurred before October 2019, the police still want to hear from citizens, he said.
“If we get additional information, certainly we’ll look back at those,” Powers said.
He had previously encouraged people to lock their doors.