Man arrested in string of robberies called police with crime tips
A Sioux Falls man has been arrested for a string of convenience store robberies, after allegedly calling police to divert attention from him.
Domach Khai, 22, was arrested for five counts of First Degree Robbery. He was arrested for two robberies involving a kitchen knife at the Casey's at 701 South Sycamore Avenue, Nov. 11 and Dec. 6.
Khai is accused of robbing the GetNGo Gas Station at 5400 East Arrowhead Parkway with a large kitchen knife on Dec. 25. He is charged with robbing the Gas Stop at 3000 East 26th Street, this time using a semi automatic handgun. Finally, he is charged with last week's Cone's Amoco robbery on Jan. 7 at 1027 South Cleveland, where a hand gun was also used.
Police received a call tip call after the robbery on Dec 6. The caller told officers he did not want to be identified and the caller's phone number was blocked from a caller I.D. The person had intimate details about the robbery and gave a description of the suspect.
Sioux Falls Police Spokesman Sam Clemens said detectives think Khai made the call, and when providing a description to police Khai did not describe himself.
On Dec. 27, detectives received a similar call regarding some of the robberies. Clemens said, again, the caller wanted to remain anonymous.
After the last robbery on Jan. 7, the front desk at the Sioux Falls Public Safety building received a call very similar to the two others. This time, the caller said the man he though was responsible for the crime would be leaving the area very soon.
Detectives moved with haste upon hearing that information, and they were able to subpoena the phone company to obtain the address from where the tip calls were made.
The calls came from 807 South Cleveland Avenue. Friday evening detectives went to that address where they said it did not take long to link Khai to the robberies. Police said they found items in the house tied to the crimes including: two cash drawers, one red ball cap and a large butcher knife.