Sioux Falls police arrest 2 in connection to rash of recent stolen vehicles
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Two men separately accused of stealing several vehicles around Sioux Falls are behind bars.
Nineteen-year-old Daren Bagola and 28-year-old Todd Peltier, both of Sioux Falls, are facing a variety of charges, according to police spokesperson Sam Clemens.
A grand jury issued an arrest warrant for Bagola on June 18. Clemens said security footage and other evidence linked Bagola to several stolen vehicle reports from a number of car dealerships and repair shops around the city since the beginning of April.
Bagola was arrested Sunday after an officer spotted him Sunday night outside a convenience store on E. 12th Street near Sycamore Avenue. Clemens said he faces several charges including nine counts of grand theft and three counts of possession of a stolen vehicle.
Peltier allegedly stole several vehicles from around the city that were left unlocked with the keys inside. Clemens said officers have seen Peltier driving around with the stolen vehicles, but when they tried to stop him, he would take off at a “high rate of speed.” Officers did not pursue in these cases in the interest of public safety.
Officers spotted Peltier Monday night in a parking lot of an apartment complex on Cleveland Avenue. Clemens said police determined which apartment he was in, and also learned he may have a gun. A SWAT team was called in, and eventually arrested Peltier around 3 a.m. Tuesday without incident. Authorities say he did not a gun with him.
Peltier is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, eluding, and drug possession. He also had several existing warrants, including two for possession of a stolen vehicle.
Clemens said both Bagola and Peltier could face more charges as police continue to investigate each case.
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