SF Police give details on car break-ins; suspect faces drug, theft charges

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The Sioux Falls Police Department has given an update on recent car break-ins. 28-year-old Mitchell Craig Tidwell of Sioux Falls is accused of smashing windows and getting away with multiple guns. Police say the car break-ins have mostly been outside apartment complexes.

“This has been going on for the last several weeks,” Sioux Falls Police Department spokesperson Sam Clemens said. “We’ve had I’ll say conservative, maybe 30 to 40 different car windows that have been broken.”

Authorities got help from surveillance video.

“This kind of came to a head yesterday, the credit cards had been used at different businesses, and those businesses have surveillance video, and so that’s been the real key,” Clemens said. “The detectives went out, reviewed some of those videos, and then were able to develop a suspect.”

Tidwell is the suspect.

“Once they were talking to him he made a comment that he had a gun in his pocket or his waistband, that turned out to be a stolen gun from one of those cars that was broke, that he broke into, so he was arrested for possession of a stolen firearm,” Clemens said. “He had a small amount of meth that was with him.”

Tidwell appeared this afternoon at the Minnehaha County Courthouse. He’s charged with possession of a controlled substance and grand theft.

“They ended up serving a search warrant of his apartment and the car and recovered a whole lot of items that we believe are stolen,” Clemens said. “There was a couple of rifles or long guns, I guess one was a shotgun, but a rifle and a shotgun were found in his apartment, so we’ve recovered three of the five stolen firearms.”

Clemens told KELOLAND News later Tuesday that burglary charges are coming. On Tuesday Tidwell received a $10,000 cash or surety bond.

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