- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - As the population of Sioux Falls surges, area law officers are dealing with a rise in felony crime.

Figures from the Minnehaha County State’s Attorney’s Office show that during the first five months of this year, drug cases are up 11 percent from last year, burglary cases are up 38 percent and robbery cases are up 68 percent.

Overall felony criminal cases in the region are on pace to about double compared to fiscal 2009, from about 1,800 cases to 3,600.

The Argus Leader reports (https://argusne.ws/29UJ5sA ) authorities aren’t sure what is causing the spike, though the population rise might be a reason. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the metropolitan Sioux Falls area last year was home to about 252,000 people, up more than 10 percent from the 2010 Census.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com

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