- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) - Spearfish police say a woman who spent two hours burglarizing a Salvation Army thrift store on New Year’s Day was caught by an alert officer when she later returned to retrieve her lost cellphone.

Authorities say 42-year-old Kimberly Bostwick used the store’s phone to make a call to her cellphone so she could locate it. The officer used the redial feature on the store phone to identify the call. He then matched Bostwick’s driver’s license photo on a state database to the image of a woman on the store’s surveillance video.

Bostwick was arrested Jan. 2 for felony burglary and misdemeanor petty theft and intentional damage to property. She’s free after posting $10,000 bond. Her lawyer, Matthew Pike, declined to comment to the Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/1OP3pMw ).

Court records say the store’s manager called police after finding that a concrete block had been thrown through an entrance door while the store was closed for the holiday. The manager reported that many items were missing, including a laptop and clothes.

Police reviewing video surveillance said they heard the sound of the door breaking and saw a woman walking in and out of the store carrying items. She came back to the store about two hours later and walked around inside as if searching for something, police said.

After using the store’s phone to make a call, court records say the woman left with a small item in her hand.

“She must have dropped her cell phone when she was in there the first time,” Lawrence County State’s Attorney John Fitzgerald said Tuesday. “Then she used the Salvation Army phone to call her own phone and soon left carrying a small object, presumably her cell.”

Fitzgerald said a grand jury will hear evidence against Bostwick Wednesday in Deadwood. He said a formal arraignment is scheduled Jan. 28.


Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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