Burglar breaks into Dell Rapids Pizza Ranch

Small town businesses in South Dakota don't usually worry about crime, but a recent number of burglary attempts are challenging that idea.

Pizza Ranch in Dell Rapids was one of these victims early this morning.

A man wearing a paintball mask broke into the restaurant and made off with $200. KSFY News stopped by to see what the owner has to say.

"In small towns, you don't expect this. But unfortunately, things happen, we are close to a big city and when people are desperate they make bad decisions," said Pizza Ranch owner Mike Cerwick.

The suspect broke into the building's back door at around 2:45 a.m., according to surveillance video, and headed straight for the ATM.

"When I first saw him walking in, I thought, 'OK this guy knows what he's doing. He's definitely been here before, he knew exactly where he was going'," Cerwick said.

After a failed attempt to bust the ATM open, he turned his attention to the cash register.

"He used a crowbar or a long screwdriver to pry open, then he realized that he could actually lift it out of there, and that's what he did," Cerwick said.

Minnehaha County Deputy Sheriff Phil Leidholt says crimes like these are becoming more common.

"The small town burglaries don't happen a lot but unfortunately just like the car break-in, and other stuff we are seeing more burglaries all around," said deputy sheriff Phil Leidholt.

"It's unfortunate that people get so desperate that they'll do something like this, but at the same time we have laws in place and there are reasons things shouldn't be done and you shouldn't steal from one another," Cerwick said.

But this bump in the road isn't going to keep Cerwick down.

"I was a little upset but I was OK that it happened during the night and nobody was hurt, nobody was around. you know nothing major happened, and everything that was taken can be replaced," Cerwick said.

The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the burglary but no arrests have been made. If you have any information about the suspect, call Crime Stoppers at (605) 367-7007.