Officer Sam Clemens says the Sioux Falls Police Department is phenomenal when it comes to investigating business robberies.
At Thursday's police briefing, Officer Clemens said there have been 18 robberies involving businesses this year with 12 arrests. Clemens said most of the arrests have been made within hours or one day from the crimes.
Clemens also said this year's robbery clearance rate is better than compared to last year. For comparison, in 2011 through August 9th, there were 26 businesses robbed. The 2011 year-end total of businesses robbed was 38.
"In any year it's phenomenal. You look at this and you look at the number of arrests we've made and it's just incredible," Clemens said.
Clemens added, Sioux Falls police should not receive all the credit for the success in robbery investigations.
"It's a testament to not only the investigators we have, but the information we receive from the public through various tips."
Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:54 AM EDT2013-06-19 12:54:36 GMT
We are still waiting on information from the Minnehaha County Sheriff's Department about a possible overnight chase that ended near Brandon. We do know that Rice Street was closed between 6 Mile RoadMore >>
A late night robbery at Walmart turned into a chase and landed two people in jail and 3 young kids in protective custody.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:33 AM EDT2013-06-19 12:33:40 GMT
The 9th annual Jazz & Brews fundraiser is Thursday, June 20th. The event is to support the Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Society scholarship fund. There will be a silent auction, beer and wine tastings, greatMore >>
Taste different beers and listen to some great jazz at the 9th annual Jazz & Brews event.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-06-19 15:57:35 GMT
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) - A helicopter has crashed into a suburban neighborhood in the Twin Cities. The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office tells WCCO-TV the helicopter crashed into a detached garage in Maplewood,More >>
A helicopter contracted for mosquito control spraying crashed in a suburban neighborhood just east of St. Paul. More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:42 AM EDT2013-06-19 15:42:53 GMT
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A Rapid City man convicted of causing severe brain damage in his 6-week-old daughter has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison. Forty-two-year-old Patrick White Face was chargedMore >>
A Rapid City man convicted of causing severe brain damage in his 6-week-old daughter has been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:26 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:26:28 GMT
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - Officials in Mitchell must prove there's no reasonable alternative to razing one of the city's oldest homes before they can demolish it. The structure known as the Goodykuntz HouseMore >>
Officials in Mitchell must prove there's no reasonable alternative to razing one of the city's oldest homes before they can demolish it.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:25 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:25:27 GMT
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Authorities say a man shot by law officers following a chase in southwestern South Dakota is expected to recover. Attorney General Marty Jackley says two Pennington County deputiesMore >>
Authorities say a man shot by law officers following a chase in southwestern South Dakota is expected to recover.More >>