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Law enforcement searching for armed suspect

Law enforcement is searching for a potentially armed 32-year-old Native American male.

Craig Edward Valandra, 32, is believed to be carrying two semi-automatic handguns. He is approximately 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighs 180 pounds.

He has a warrant for his arrest on a grand theft charge.

A $250 reward is offered for information submitted to Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers that leads to Valandra's arrest.

If you have information in relation to this, or if you have information regarding suspicious activity in this area at this time, or information relating to any other crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 996-1700. Remember that you do not have to identify yourself, and a cash reward is available if it leads to the arrest of the subject or subjects involved. There are no caller IDs attached to this phone line, so you will remain anonymous. To send a crime tip via text message, download the free app. Search "Tipsubmit" on your smart phone and select Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers or text "MITCS plus your message" to "274637". Upon receipt of a tipster's first incoming message the system will auto-reply with a confirmation containing the tipster's unique tip ID. Anonymous two-way communication can then occur between the tipster and investigators. You can also go to to submit a crime tip by e-mail.

Information received through Crime Stoppers remains totally anonymous. Tipsters who provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s) will be given a cash reward.

A minimum of $250 is paid for rewards on all "Crime of the Weeks" solved through Crime

Stoppers. Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, Inc., offers this reward. Rewards will not be paid if crime tips, leading to an arrest, are not made directly to Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers, Inc. by telephone, text message or by web tip.

To date, 346 crimes have been solved through information from Crime Stoppers.