Over the past two weeks Dickinson has been marred by a rash of industrial business burglaries occurring in the northeast commercial area of the city. In total, 8 businesses were burglarized since September 9, including that of State Representative Luke Simons. The Dickinson Police Department had limited evidence to identify and arrest the person or persons responsible, but on Monday announced that they had made an arrest.
According to a Dickinson Police Department spokesperson, a covert stationary surveillance of industrial areas was organized by Detectives in hopes of catching a burglar in the act — and on Sunday, they did.
Around 1:30 a.m., a suspect, later identified as Roy Edward Norris, 47, was observed lurking on foot east of Walmart. Norris made his way to JP Steel and Supply located at 124 24th St. East where he attempted to force entry into the business through a rear door, according to police. When confronted by officers, Norris fled on foot and after a short foot pursuit was taken into custody and arrested.
"We’ve had several businesses in that area that were burglarized," Detective Sgt. Kylan Klauzer, with DPD, said. "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."
Klauser added, "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. We're doing extra patrols along those areas that have been targeted or where people are requesting extra patrol for different reasons."
The department previously confirmed that they had some suspects they were investigating, but Klauzer urged anyone with information pertaining to the burglaries to 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.
While information had not led directly to Norris’ arrest, the initiative by the Dickinson Police Department ultimately led them to apprehend Norris who has been allegedly linked to all eight area business burglaries.
Norris had two active felony arrest warrants at the time of his apprehension. The warrants were based out of Kentucky and Tennessee, each related to alleged crimes in those jurisdictions.
According to police, Norris was confirmed to have a history of burglary and is believed to be from the Florida area.
“It appears he was only passing through Dickinson, where he had been staying for the past few weeks at a local motel,” Capt. Joe Cianni, Dickinson Police Department, said.
Norris’ motel days are temporarily on pause as he is currently in lodging at the Southwest Multi-County Correctional Center on felony burglary and false information to law enforcement, with additional counts of burglary pending.