GREGORY -- A woman has been charged with trying to break into a Gregory house through a locked door on Oct. 17.
Una Waugh, 24, of Gregory, faces one count of first-degree burglary, a Class 2 felony. If convicted, she could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison
At 11:40 p.m., a Gregory police officer received a call from a woman who said Waugh was trying to break into her house. The officer went to the house, where the woman reportedly said before Waugh left, she had seen Waugh looking through a window in a door after allegedly getting through a locked patio door.
A man reportedly said he had also been at the house and had seen Waugh at the door. Waugh had reportedly been banned from the property previously. The woman at the house reported that Waugh had also been knocking on the front door of the house the previous night.
Police found Waugh at her Main Street apartment, and she allegedly said she had not been at the house. According to court documents, Waugh passed out at the apartment, when she regained consciousness, she was taken to the Winner City Jail, where she was said to have passed out again. Jail staff reportedly took Waugh's vital signs.
While both first- and second-degree burglary are defined as entering or remaining in an occupied structure without authorization and with intent to commit a crime, the offense is elevated to first-degree burglary when it's committed with one or more of three additional variables, one of which is that it occurs "in the nighttime."
South Dakota law defines "nighttime" as the time between 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise, and Waugh is alleged to have committed burglary shortly before 11:40 p.m.