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Daylong search for armed burglar in cornfield

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Sioux Falls police and the Minnehaha County sheriff's department called off a search in a cornfield after spending seven hours looking for a man they say burglarized a home and had a shotgun.

It all started at 9:30 a.m. this morning when this search started.

Crews set up a command post near the intersection of 260th street and Marion road near the McCrossan Boys Ranch, which is just northwest of the I-90 / I-29 interchange.

Authorities say the farmhouse that was burglarized is close to this area, on 260th street.

It was an all day search for a man police say was armed with a shotgun, and hiding in a cornfield.

Police used everything they could from the air, to SWAT teams on the ground.

Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead said "we have swat officers that are especially trained in gas or certain gases, certain tear gas that is deployable, even in dry conditions, without a fire risk."

Police even called out to the cornfield -- encouraging the suspect to turn himself in

"We're calling for him to please give up, it will be much easier on you, no one's been hurt, it's to your advantage to turn yourself in," Milstead said.

By mid-afternoon, Milstead recognized police may have to call off the search at some point.

"We may reduce some of our positions and set up a perimeter once we've done as much searching as we can with our vehicles because of the fact that we're not going to be able to put people into the fields, walking through the fields," Milstead said.

And the amount of equipment and manpower brought in was not just to find the suspect.

"These resources are being used for the safety of the officers and the safety of the public. at the end of the day, if he's charged with burglary, he's charged with burglary," Milstead said.

Police have called of the search but say they will continue to monitor the area.

Police say no one was hurt and the man didn't threaten officers.

They believe the man wanted to steal several hundred dollars worth of copper wiring and vehicle batteries.

The search has ended and normalcy should eventually return to these cornfields and people who live around them.



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