Pennsylvania man arrested in SD for armed burglary

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CHAMBERLAIN -- A Harleysville, Pennsylvania, man was arrested on June 12 for allegedly committing an armed burglary.

Axell Besker, 19, faces a count of armed burglary, among numerous other charges.

According to court documents, when a female employee arrived to open a Chamberlain gas station in the morning, Besker was inside with a small handgun. He ran when confronted. Security footage showed Besker stealing items from the gas station, including a small snubnose revolver from a gas station drawer.

When officers began to search the area, one allegedly found Besker sitting inside his vehicle. Multiple officers converged on the vehicle and took Besker into custody at gun point. Besker had the revolver in a holster, which was confirmed to be the one stolen from the gas station, according to court documents.

Besker admitted to being in the gas station. When asked where his keys were, he replied, “I got so high last night, I don’t even remember.” The officers proceeded to search his vehicle, finding several items related to the theft. According to court documents, officers also obtained two firearms, as well as finding items of drug paraphernalia and controlled substances (marijuana and a small number of Xanax tablets).


Besker was transported to the Brule County jail.

Burglary and committing a felony while possessing a firearm are both Class 2 felonies, punishable upon conviction by up to 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

He also faces two Class 5 felonies for the possession of a controlled substance in schedules I or II, punishable upon conviction by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Besker was charged with grand theft of more than $1,000 but less than or equal to $2,500, punishable upon conviction by up to two years in prison and a $4,000 fine. He also faces three Class 1 misdemeanors and three Class 2 misdemeanors.

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