Two Mobridge men arrested for home invasions

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By Katie Zerr

Mobridge Police with the help of the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation have arrested two individuals in the series of home invasions that have occurred in Mobridge in the past six weeks.

Alexander “Sasha” Rudebusch, 19 and Kohta Martel, 18, both of Mobridge were arrested and charged with burglary in connection with the home invasions.

Rudebusch was arrested on Wednesday, July 27 in Mobridge on two counts of first-degree burglary and possession of marijuana.

Martel was arrested on Thursday on one count of first-degree burglary.

According to Mobridge Police Chief Justin Jungwirth, more charges will be filed against the men once the investigation reports are finished and filed at the state’s attorney office in Selby.

“After two straight weeks of interviews we were able to get enough information to make arrests of these individuals for the series of home invasions,” he said.

There were six or seven incidents reported beginning with a report of a man standing in the bedroom of a Mobridge teen Saturday, May 19. In some cases both men were involved in the crimes and in others they acted alone, according to Jungwirth.

Police were very concerned about these incidents and issued statements warning residents to use every precaution and make sure their doors were locked at night.

“The investigating officers did a lot of work and spent many man hours on this investigation,” said Jungwirth. “Officers Al Bohle and GF&P Officer Shawn Madison, who has been helping us the past couple of months, did a great job working with the DCI to solve this.”

On Monday, both men made their initial appearances in Fifth Circuit Court in Selby and are currently being held in the Walworth County Jail.

– Katie Zerr –

 

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