Attempt to sell stolen copper ends with arrests in Rapid City

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Published: Sep. 13, 2022 at 12:44 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - Thousands of dollars-worth of copper fittings was stolen from a Rapid City construction site but the suspected thieves were snagged when they tried to sell it.

The three Rapid City people, 25-year-old Christopher Peters, 22-year-old Michael Spack, and 23-year-old Kaitlyn Schalesky (initially, Schalesky gave police the name of Jeanine Yarbar), were arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. Two of them, Spack and Schalesky, were also charged with possession of a controlled substance. When their vehicle was searched, police found more stolen items, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. Shalesky also has a pending charge of impersonation to deceive law enforcement

The burglary occurred sometime before 7:45 a.m. Monday. Police did not release the site of the burglary to avoid having it possibly targeted again.