A Sioux Falls man is behind bars for a Friday night burglary at Zoup Restaurant on 41st Street. But police say that may not have been the first stop for 51-year-old Richard Kyles.
Police believe Zoup was the last stop for Kyles on a burglary spree that lasted for months. Kyles is suspected of breaking into as many as 30 businesses in Sioux Falls.
Police say he pried open the doors, snatched up the cash and then left. Most of the stores Kyles is suspected of hitting were on busy streets: 41st Street, Minnesota Avenue and Louise Avenue. Because the businesses are located near each other and each was broken into in a similar way, police had a good idea the same person was involved and where they would strike next.
"They looked at the past burglaries and were trying to anticipate where the next place was going to be hit and then in this place they were able to figure out which area of the business he was looking at," Sioux Falls Police Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said.
Clemens says shortly after Kyles left the restaurant located at 41st Street and Kiwanis Avenue Friday night, officers pulled him over. Inside his vehicle, they found a tire iron that had been filed down. Investigators believe that was used to pry open businesses' doors.
"Anytime we have these crimes, especially these burglaries that have gone on for so long, it really can be frustrating and difficult to solve, but the more people do this there's a great chance of them getting caught," Clemens said.
After the arrest, police executed a search warrant at Kyles' home on North Trapp Avenue, where they found 29 plastic bags containing traces of cocaine. Police say Kyles' arrest should solve the string of burglary cases investigators have been working since last October.
"He's been doing this for a few months now. It took a while but we were able to catch up to him and hopefully he will be held responsible for the other multitudes of burglaries that he committed," Clemens said.
Kyles already has a burglary conviction on his record. This one is in Minnesota. His cash bond is currently set at $30,000.
Below is a list of the businesses Kyles is suspected of burglarizing. He has only been charged with the Zoup burglary. Clemens says detectives are reviewing the cases and once completed, the State’s Attorney’s Office will see if more charges are appropriate: