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Sioux Falls Police Use GPS To Track Burglary Suspect

February 5, 2014, 6:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Sioux Falls Police Use GPS To Track Burglary Suspect
Richard Kyles

SIOUX FALLS, SD -

We are learning more details about a Sioux Falls man suspected in a string of burglaries over the past four months.

Police say Richard Kyles could be involved in as many as 30 business break-ins since last September and getting away with thousands of dollars in cash. But new court papers detail how police finally caught up to him and put an end to his alleged crime spree.

Right now, Richard Kyles only faces charges for breaking into a few businesses in Sioux Falls, but police suspect he may have committed many more crimes.

According to court papers, police believe Kyles matches the description of the suspect who pried open doors on dozens of businesses; including Wayne and Mary's Nutrition Center on Kiwanis Avenue back in October and took over $800 dollars.  

They say a man with the same description hit the same business again a week later and took approximately $900.

Police suspect Kyles also took over $200 dollars from the Inca Mexican Restaurant on South Holly Avenue.

Authorities also say Kyles entered the rear door of the Family Eye Care Center on West 26th Street and took several purses from a break room. 

When he was confronted by workers inside the building, Kyles tried leaving, but his car wouldn't start and was taken into custody.

After his release from jail, police say Kyles became a person of interest in other burglaries, so they obtained a search warrant to place a Global Positioning System on a 1996 Toyota Camry; a car Kyles often drives. 

The GPS system tracked Kyle's every move and found him to be in all the areas where several of other burglaries were reported. 

Because many of 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.

Kyles was finally arrested after a break-in at Zoup's Restaurant on 41st Street in late January. When officers pulled him over, they found a tire iron that had been filed down. Investigators believe that was used to pry open businesses' doors.

Authorities are still investigating, but say Kyles could face more charges in the coming days.

Kyles Court Papers.pdf

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