Four businesses have filed police reports of burglary over the past few days with the Dickinson Police Department, including the Gentleman's Barbershop owned by State Representative Luke Simons.
"We had several businesses in that area that were burglarized," said Sgt. Kylan Klauzer, with DPD. "The Gentleman's Barbershop was just one of those. We had forced entry in each one of them that was reported ... There was damage and or property taken from each of our victims."
Simmons' business, which is located north of Sax Motor’s on Sims Street, shared the news with the community via social media on Tuesday.
The post reads, "Sorry folks today we will be closed, somebody needed our money more than we did I guess and broke into the shop. Boy did they make a mess."
Sympathetic comments flooded the barbershop's page from Dickinson and area residents.
"Oh Luke, Chuck and I are so sorry that you were vandalized like this. If there is anything we can do to help, in anyway, please let us know. Prayers for peace of mind and patience as you work with the insurance company. Ugh," Donna Tauer Magnuson commented.
The post was followed by another thanking law enforcement that arrived on scene to help.
"Big thank you to the Dickinson Police Department. What a professional group of people, friendly and simply put awesome."
The barbershop reopened Wednesday.
Klauzer was unable to confirm when the various burglaries took place, as the department is still working through the details, but he said they appeared to have occurred over a related period of time during the course of Labor Day weekend.
The department confirmed that they have some suspects, but Klauzer urged anyone with information pertaining to the burglaries to still come forward.
"If anybody has any information that leads to an arrest, we want to encourage them to use our Badlands Crime Stoppers application and submission tool. They can potentially receive a reward for their information and remain anonymous," he said.
In a previous interview with The Press, Klauzer said many of the crimes solved in the community are thanks to the watchful eyes of its citizens.
"I just can’t stress enough from an investigative side, the majority of the crimes that are solved in our city are solved because of the citizens that are attentive and are paying attention towards their neighbors and seeing things that they know not to be normal in their neighborhood and the community in general," Klauzer said. "The more people we can continue to remind and get them situationally aware … the easier and the safer we’re going to be altogether."
Although DPD reported in the end of August that incidences of theft and fraud were lower this year than August of last year, Klauzer said the are seeing a slight trend upward lately.
"This is consistent with some of the things we've been seeing for the last few months, and that specifically is property crimes are still a heavy-hitter here for us at the police department," Klauzer said. "We're doing extra patrols along those areas that have been targeted or where people are requesting extra patrol for different reasons."