Burglary, theft, drugs mar celebration


By Katie Zerr –

Mobridge police officers were extremely busy with more than just the normal illegal fireworks calls during the Fourth of July celebration.

As the City of Mobridge fills with visitors, the number of incidents that require police attention usually escalates, but this year serious crime played a role in the activity.

One Main Street business was burglarized while thieves stole jewelry at another. Officers arrested one individual on possession of methamphetamine and there was a vehicle accident that injured four people (see front page.)

Mobridge Police Chief Justin Jungwirth said Monday, July 8, that is was “a very busy weekend.”

Jungwirth said it started on July 2 and was nonstop through the weekend.

The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the FBI were in Mobridge Monday to assist the MPD in investigating a burglary at Dady Drug Sunday, July 7. According to Jungwirth, the owner of the business called police when an alarm was activated in his store at 11:37 p.m. Sunday night. Mark Dady said when he arrived at the store, the back door was ajar, but Jungwirth said that is not where the thief or thieves entered the building.

Jungwirth said there was evidence that items have been taken from the store, but it is unknown at this time just what was taken. The investigation is ongoing.

On Thursday, July 4, a Corson County deputy reported he had received information about a couple acting suspiciously outside of a business west of Mobridge. The couple had left the area in a vehicle, which was headed east into Mobridge. Jungwirth and Captain Al Bohle stopped the vehicle on U.S. Highway 12, just east of the bridge. The Corson County K-9 officer indicated there were drugs in the vehicle and methamphetamine was found during a search of the vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle, Heather Finn, was arrested for DUI and a passenger, Jason Gene Embry was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, ingestion of an intoxicant other than alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Friday, July 5, the owner of Larson’s Jewelry reported someone had stolen three rings from the store. The value of the jewelry has not yet been determined. Jungwirth said there were security cameras operating at the time the rings were stolen and that security tape is being reviewed.

There were also several minor accidents, DUI arrests and domestic assaults.

“We haven’t had this kind of Fourth for the last couple of years,” said Jungwirth. “There didn’t seem to be more people in town, but there was definitely an increase in activity.”

– Katie Zerr –



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