Two businesses just southwest of Benson Rd. and I-229 are recovering from a burglary. Monday night, a man broke into the building that houses Allegiant Emergency Services and Justice Fire & Safety.
"Very uneasy feeling. Never had this happen. Never been robbed in my life," Mark Brenneman, owner of Allegiant and Justice, said.
His employees are taking inventory today after a burglar broke into their building and got away with up to $50,000 in money and tools.
"I would say very experienced. They took the time to shut the shades so you couldn't see light in here. Went directly to a door that was obviously off the main road," Brenneman said.
Brenneman says the burglar broke through two doors and filled a trailer with checks from the office and tools. Using a forklift in the dark with just a flashlight, the suspect hooked up the trailer to one of the business's trucks and took off.
Sioux Falls Police were quick to find some of the missing items. This trailer was found just off of Benson Rd. just south of the humane society. While there isn't any damage, there are a lot of items missing from inside.
The truck was also located.
"The vehicle was dropped off at Smithfield Foods overnight or that's where we found it. So we're hoping that they'll have some footage there to help us out. If he dropped the car off then somebody probably picked him up," Brenneman said.
That leads Brenneman to think he had help. He wants other local businesses to be aware of the crime so they can be prepared.
"It's just disheartening. A lot of stuff is going through my mind today and yesterday. We're back up and running. We weren't down that long. Didn't affect our customers much at each company. We're just glad nobody was hurt too," Brenneman said.
Police are still looking for the suspect.
Brenneman says an employee coming in for an overnight shift missed running into the burglar by eight minutes. If you know anything about the crime, you're asked to call police.
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