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June 15, 2017 10:00 PM

Local Business Owner Helps Track Down Wanted Man

Authorities were able to find Lyle Jeffs after receiving a tip from a business owner in Yankton. 

For the past 2 years, Kevin Haug has been the owner of the River City Tools & Pawn. During that time, he says hundreds of people have come through his store, but no one quite like this. 
You never know who is going to walk through the doors.  At River City Tools & Pawn, a recent visitor turned out to be one of the most wanted men in the country. 

"It was kind of surreal. I really didn't know how to take it," Haug said. 

Haug says that Lyle Jeffs came into his store about a week ago to try and sell something, but he didn't give his name. He says he wasn't at the store when his employee met Jeffs the second time he came to the Pawn Shop. 

"He said he was acting quite strange so he wrote up a ticket, bought some stuff from him and then he googled his name just to see and that's when things got a little weird," Haug said. 

Haug says Jeffs sold them a couple pliers for 37 dollars. He also used his last name as his first name, going by Jeffs Lyle Steed. Haug knew he had to do something, so he called police. 

"Yeah he gave us his id, his real id with all of his information. We had him dead to rights, we had video of him," Haug said. 

Authorities were able to track down Jeffs to the marina west of Yankton driving a silver Ford pickup truck with Utah plates. Now the wanted man is back behind bars, and Haug says it was something he never thought he would be a part of. 

"I don't quite know, it's pretty new. It's something you don't see everyday," Haug said. 

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