Theft reported after male spotted looking in window

Police: Two incidents may be related

BROOKINGS – An observant neighbor led to the discovery of a theft after a male was spotted looking in a window at a residence, according to Brookings Police.

Officers were dispatched to the 700 block of 14th Avenue approximately 11:37 p.m. Thursday, Lt. Marci Gebers said.

The report was for “a male individual who was seen looking through a window of a residence,” Gebers said. “The witness has observed his behavior and contacted one of the residents there who then alerted police.”

She said people who live in that area should pay special attention.

“Keep an eye out and look after your neighbors like this individual did and call us if (you) see anything,” Gebers said.

The residents had been gone from the residence for about two and a half hours. When they returned home “is when this person was observed outside the window,” Gebers said.

After officers arrived, one observed a male matching the description given to police: he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up, and dark pants.

“When the officer tried to make contact with that individual, he fled from the officer. Several other officers responded to the area to try to locate the suspect, and they were unable to locate him at that time,” Gebers said,

Approximately an hour and a half later, police were called back to the same residence.

“The residents discovered money that had been stolen. That was just a small amount of cash,” Gebers said.

“At this time, it’s believed that these two incidents are connected,” she added.

The residence was unlocked at the time, Gebers said.

“Just a reminder to residents to say something if they see something and to lock their doors, lock their vehicle doors. Locking up your home is a quick and easy way to protect yourself, and property,” she said.

“These people were lucky they had a good neighbor who was looking out for them,” Gebers said.

“If there’s ever any suspicious activity that’s observed in your neighborhood, just contact the police department so we can respond and investigate,” Gebers said.

If anyone has information about this case, contact the Brookings Police at 605-692-2113, contact Crimestoppers anonymously by visiting or call 605-692-STOP (7867).