Sheriff’s office investigates crimes involving local juveniles

Sheriff's office investigates crimes involving local juveniles
Following an investigation by the Clay County Sheriff's Office, four suspects were arrested in connection to a burglary of a rural Vermillion fireworks stand. The burglary took place on July 3 south of Highway 50 on Highway 19 at a stand owned by Mitchell Morse of Vermillion.

The value of the items stolen is estimated at $2,000.

The persons arrested were Thomas Harnois, Jr., age 20 of Vermillion, Colby Orr, age 19 of Meckling, Ryan Kightlinger, age 19 of Vermillion, and Darren Martin, age 19 of Sioux Falls.


A search warrant was executed on July 13, at a residence in Meckling where numerous items of evidence taken from the fireworks stand were recovered.

Harnois, Martin, and Kightlinger were charged with Third Degree Burglary and Grand Theft. Orr was charged with being an Accessory to a Crime and Possession of Stolen Property as Theft.

Juveniles charged in

arson investigation,

shoplifting, and gas thefts

On July 8, at 6:15 p.m., Vermillion fire units were dispatched to a report of a hay bale on fire northeast of Vermillion. Indications at the scene indicated the fire was intentionally set.

Following an investigation by the Clay County Sheriff's Office, four juvenile boys from Vermillion were charged with setting the fire.

On July 11, a Clay County sheriff's deputy on patrol discovered a suspicious vehicle at a rural farm where there had been reported gas thefts in the past. Upon investigation, he discovered a rural Volin juvenile boy stealing gas.

Further investigation found the same juvenile responsible for two incidents where gas and other items had been stolen in Wakonda as well as numerous instances of shoplifting and a vehicle burglary in Vermillion and Yankton.

The investigation into the shoplifting recovered over $1,600 in stolen property from Wal-Mart, Pamida, and Campbell's Supply in Vermillion, and Dunham's Sports in Yankton.

Six juvenile boys were found to be involved in the shoplifting or in possession of the stolen property. The case was forwarded to the Clay County states attorney for prosecution.

Investigation is continuing into the shoplifting as well as two other burglaries occurring this summer. One ongoing investigation involves a riding lawn mower stolen from a rural farm shed and another investigation involves a burglary of a farm shed where numerous items of fishing tackle were stolen. The sheriff's office has suspects in these cases and investigation is continuing.

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