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Man arrested for Alexandria burglary

ALEXANDRIA—A Sioux Falls man was arrested last week and charged with breaking into an Alexandria business and stealing approximately $10,000.

Rodney Holzer, 58, now faces charges including burglary and grand theft.

Hanson County Sheriff Brandon Wingert received a call shortly after 9 a.m. on March 30 from a man who said someone had broken in through the back door of his Alexandria business and stolen more than $10,000 in cash and checks, according to court documents.

Security footage reportedly showed a man parking an early 2000s Ford Taurus with a sunroof and front bumper damage at another Alexandria business, putting a long, skinny object in his back pocket and eventually going to the victim's business.

A deputy found that another business had someone break a window and pry a door open, but that nothing had been taken. The sheriff's office gave other law enforcement a description of the vehicle visible in the security footage, and at 12:37 a.m., Det. Dan Fechner notified Wingert that the vehicle had been located and that Holzer had been identified as the driver and taken into custody at the Davison County Jail.

A search warrant was issued, and officers conducted a search which produced more than $9,000 in cash inside a pant leg in a bag of dirty laundry, $16 in quarters, a pry bar, a hammer, a butter knife with a bent blade, a tire iron, black gloves and a second, smaller pry bar which was determined to match the object seen earlier on security footage.

Holzer is charged with grand theft of more than $5,000 and less than $100,000.01, third-degree burglary and entering or surreptitiously remaining in a building. If convicted on all charges, he could face more than 15 years in prison.

According to the South Dakota Department of Corrections, Holzer has been incarcerated for four previous burglary-related convictions, including a 22-year sentence given in 1999 for attempted first-degree burglary in Minnehaha County and, most recently, a six-month sentence for third-degree burglary given in May 2018 in Davison County. He was on parole at the time of his arrest.