The Dell Rapids Carnegie Public Library fell prey to two burglaries when authorities say someone stole about $70 from a cash box last month.
Sgt. Mike Walsh with the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office said personnel at the Dell Rapids library, which is in the midst of a utility relocation project, reported missing money twice in a four-day span.
A man Walsh described as a stocky white male wearing a beard, believed to be in his mid-20s, entered the library on the evening of Monday, April 28 during store hours and took a small amount of money from behind a desk when staff wasn’t looking.
The second theft at the library occurred sometime between the evening of April 30 when the library closed for the day and the morning of Thursday, May 1 when the building reopened to the public.
Library director Brittany Risty said the thief broke into the library through a basement window. About $35 was taken.
Walsh wouldn’t say if he thought the same person or people perpetrated the thefts because no description of the suspect was available after the second incident.
The thefts are under investigation.
City administrator Justin Weiland said the library’s petty cash box is being kept at City Hall while the utility relocation project is completed.