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Businesses relieved with recent arrests of robbery suspects

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Sioux Falls Police have had their hands full with more than 10 armed robberies in a month. 

The arrest of two men Friday in connection with a convenience store robbery should help solve them a string of recent armed hold-ups.

They now have suspects in all  but two cases. Police Chief Doug Barthel says the robberies have put residents on edge and hopes the arrests will ease some of those fears.

KSFY's Tess Hedrick stopped by a business that has been a victim to a robbery more than once.

Roll'n Pin's manager Michael Hillman says he never expected to get a phone call from the police department saying somebody had broken into his business and he needed to come right away.

"The first time it happened, it's kind of a scary situation," said Hillman.

Several years ago, his restaurant had a string of robberies.

"One day we got a call from a detective saying they found one of our safes. It turned out they had found the safe in an attic of one of the people who stole it -- their house," said Hillman.

A safe was still missing. It was finally recovered in a very unlikely place.

"The burglars let them know where they had thrown it over on a bridge in the river. So they scooped it out of the river and we got checks and cash and stuff they had left in the safe that were many years old," said Hillman.

Although it took a couple of years to catch the criminals, Hillman says he never doubted they wouldn't be caught. He says the police department is to thank.

And with the recent arrests, Hillmlan says this just  goes to show how dedicated the department is.

"It's amazing how they can just take the smallest grains, smallest pea of information and develop that into a full story and get results. And this is exactly what they've done here," said Hillman.

And for the robbers that think they can get away with it.

"It all comes back around. These robbers and people who do these sort of things don't know what they have coming to them because people don't forget. There's always going to be evidence left around. They're always going to find out and they're always going to be going after them," said Hillman.

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