Walmart robbery turns into drug bust of 3 Rapid City people

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) – Authorities say a report of a robbery at a Sioux Falls Walmart resulted in the seizure of six pounds of methamphetamine and the arrest of three Rapid City people.

Police said 31-year-old Joshua Kudlock of Rapid City faces second-degree robbery and drug possession charges. Brink said Kudlock committed the robbery after ingesting three grams of meth. He allegedly attempted to take a vacuum.

The other two suspects, 30-year-old David Pauly and 32-year-old Serena Rodriguez, both of Rapid City, each face several drug-related charges.

Brink said the street value of the meth is at least $25,000.

Police received a report of a strong-arm robbery at the Walmart on N. 60th Street in Sioux Falls Thursday night.

According to Lt. Randy Brink of the Sioux Falls Police Narcotics Department, a man pushed down a Walmart employee, took some electronics, and left.

Witnesses helped police identify the suspect's vehicle. Officers tracked it down a short time later nearby and pulled it over.

Brink said three people were in the car, one of whom was in possession of drug paraphernalia. Police searched the car with the help of a K9 unit. They found a bag in the trunk, which contained a wrapped gift.

Officers opened the gift, and inside they found several bags containing a total of six pounds of methamphetamine.

All three suspects were arrested.