Felony warrants issued for thefts
By Katie Zerr-
Warrants have been issued for two Mobridge residents in connection with a theft ring that has been operating in Mobridge.
According to Walworth County State’s Attorney Jamie Hare, warrants were issued on Wednesday, for Craig and Sandi Imberi of Mobridge for grand theft, receipt of stolen property and grand theft, aiding and abetting receipt of stolen property. Sandi Imberi is also charged with manufacture, distribution and dispensing of a controlled substance, a Class 5 felony.
Hare said the warrants are part of the investigation in a recent rash of thefts from area businesses that included items such as lawn mowers, snow blowers, plants and expensive food items such as seafood and steaks.
Captain Al Bohle of the Mobridge Police Department, who along with the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, spearheaded the nearly year-long investigation that culminated with the felony warrants.
As the investigating continued, it revealed a group of people stole items from local businesses, sold some of those items to local residents, who then sold the items to others in town.
Grand theft is a Class 5 felony if the value of the property is more than $2,500 but less than or equal to $5,000.
A Class 5 felony is punishable by five years imprisonment in the state penitentiary. In addition, a fine of $10,000 may be imposed.
Hare said there would be 12 other people charged in the theft ring, with those charges being misdemeanor charges.