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UPDATE: Search called off for burglary suspect in cornfield

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The search has been called off for an armed suspect.  Police called off the search at approximately 4:15 after what they called "reaching the end of their resources."  Police would not elaborate further as to what that meant.

For nearly seven hours, Minnehaha County Sheriff's Deputies were searching a cornfield northwest of Sioux Falls, reportedly for a suspected burglar who is possibly armed with a shotgun.

Sheriff Mike Milstead said the suspect is on foot because no car was found at the scene of the burglary. The burglary was reported at 47164 260th Street-- an unoccupied farmhouse.

Milstead said the homeowners happened to be driving by their unoccupied farmhouse and saw some things looked ajar, so they called police. When police arrived they saw the suspect had a gun and the suspect took off running.

Milstead said police are not sure how the suspect arrived to the area because there is no sign of a vehicle. No injuries have been reported.

Milstead said the suspect could have been stealing a riding lawnmower, but police are not sure.

The suspect has not been identified and police do not have a detailed description. Milstead said all they know is the suspect was wearing dark coveralls.

Police said the suspect ran into an area will tall grass and it has been difficult for them to see the suspect.

Milstead said there have been burglary reports from residents in the area the last few days. He said they think the burglar may have been stealing copper, because the burglary was typical of an unoccupied farm home.

Milstead said police checked with the homeowner to see if a gun was stolen and the homeowner said no. Milstead said that leaves him to believe he suspect brought a shotgun with him to the burglary.

Milstead said people in the area of the standoff are asked to stay indoors and keep their doors locked. McCrossan Boys Ranch has been placed on lockdown and a perimeter has been secured incase the suspect tries to cross.

KSFY News Reporter Mark Roper is on the scene.  He says the sheriff's department has set up command post near the intersection of 260th Street and Marion Road, nearMcCrossan Boys Ranch.

At once point SWAT tried using tear gas in an effort to smoke the suspect out of the field.

An officer at the scene says he doesn't know much, but a wide perimeter has been blocked off. Only local traffic is being let through the area.

The officer said the standoff is not connected to a missing inmate.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is also on scene.

Much of the activity is centered around a cornfield near the boys ranch.  Mark Roper says the corn that's left in the field isn't very tall and is somewhat flattened, so it's fairly easy to see across the field.

According to the Argus Leader, Minnehaha County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a burglary around 9:30 Saturday morning at 47164 260thStreet.  The person who called authorities said when they approached the suspect, he ran into the cornfield.

The Sheriff's office has also requested an aircraft from theSouth Dakota Highway Patrol to help search the field from the air. 25 officers are around a perimeter less than a square mile.

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