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February 07, 2020

Rapid City police arrest serial burglar

Police have arrested a Rapid City man wanted in connection with at least 10 burglaries in Rapid City. 43-year-old Jason Williams was placed under arrest on February 6th after police observed him returning to his residence in the 900 block of Lemmon Avenue with stolen property.

Detectives working a string of burglaries were alerted to Williams after receiving a tip that he had been storing stolen property at his residence. Police observed Williams returning to his residence on the morning of February 6th. He was riding a bicycle with a trailer containing several items. When police made contact with Williams, it was determined that the items in the bicycle trailer (to include a large gumball machine) had just been taken from a storage shed belonging to a business in the 1100 block of N. Lacrosse Street. Police also located burglary tools in Williams’ possession, along with baggies containing a white substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Williams was transported to the RCPD’s Criminal Investigation Division to be interviewed. Following his interview with property crimes detectives, it was determined that Williams was responsible for at least nine other burglaries and thefts under investigation by the RCPD.

A search warrant was granted and executed for Williams’ portion of the Lemmon Avenue residence. A search of the residence turned up more than 200 items which were determined to be stolen. Among these items were numerous bikes, electronic items, merchandise still in packaging, and a number of Boy Scouts items determined to be taken after a December 2019 burglary to a shed in the 100 block of North Street.

Williams was placed under arrest for 3rd Degree Burglary, Possession of Burglary Tools, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Detectives of the RCPD’s Criminal Investigation Division are still working actively investigate the burglary/thefts associated with the recovered property. At the time of this release, warrant requests are pending in the nine other related burglary/theft cases connected to Williams.

Should anyone in Rapid City recognize they’ve been the victim of theft, they are encouraged to use the RCPD’s online crime reporting system available at RapidCityPolice.org. Additionally, they may call the RCPD’s non-emergency dispatch number at 394-4131 to make a report.

* The charges are merely accusations and the arrested individual is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  Any additional details regarding this case can be obtained from the Pennington County State’s Attorney and/or court records as appropriate.