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Officer arrests thief inside of business

An officer with the Mobridge Police Department was waiting for a burglar inside of an East Grand Crossing business, Thursday, Aug. 17, when the person returned to steal money again. According to the MPD report, officers had received a call from the business owner Wednesday, Aug. 16, reporting someone had entered the business on a regular basis with cash being stolen from that business each time.  The business owner had evidence a former employee was a suspect in the burglaries.

On Thursday, an officer was inside of the business waiting for the burglary suspect. That individual entered the business at approximately 4:59 am. The officer observed the suspect check the safe, deposit bag and two cash registers while pocketing an additional $130 in cash.

The officer placed Adrienne Shelby Ramsey, 24, of Mobridge under arrest without incident. Ramsey admitted to committing the past burglaries and stated she had used the cash to purchase alcohol and methamphetamine.

“I am proud of all the officers involved and was very pleased that the operation went as smooth as it did while keeping the public and officers safe,” said Mobridge Police Chief Shawn Madison.

Charges filed against Ramsey include third degree burglary, a Class 5 Felony; grand theft of over $1,000, a Class 6 Felony and unauthorized ingestion of controlled drug, a Class 6 Felony.

Ramsey appeared in Fifth Circuit Court in Selby on Monday, Aug. 21 and was informed of the charges against her. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 28 fro a preliminary hearing.

– Katie Zerr –