Vandalism, car crash lead to morning robbery arrests in Sioux Falls
Sioux Falls police arrested three men in connection with two gas station robberies in Sioux Falls Monday morning.
Sioux Falls police said the suspect entered the Shop'N'Cart with a handgun and demanded money at 5:30 a.m. A short while later the suspected robbed the Shell Gas Stop at 26th Street and Cliff Avenue.
Officer Sam Clemens said the suspects were found shortly before 6:30 a.m. when they threw a rock through a window of a home in the 900-block of North Main Avenue.
Officer Sam Clemens said the homeowner was able to give the license plate number and a description of the suspects matching the suspects of the early morning robberies.
Officer Sam Clemens said police were able to find the car described in the vandalism and after following it for a while the car crashed into a tree. Clemens said the people inside the car tried to run but they were all arrested.
Carlos Janis Sr., 21, Thomas Lycero Jr., 21, Robert Lewis Jr., 21, all of Sioux Falls, were each charged with two counts of First Degree Robbery and Fleeing Police.
Lewis was also charges with a DUI and police noted that all three men had been drinking. Officer Sam Clemens said the three men could be in court Monday if they are not too intoxicated.
At Monday's police briefing Officer Sam Clemens praised the police and detectives for their work in wrapping the case up so quickly. He also praised citizens for their tips and descriptions as well.