Local police were busy late Thursday and into Friday, but no one person kept them more active than a Pine Ridge man arrested twice at two major retail stores in a single 10-hour span.

Rapid City Police arrested Randolph Merrival, 22, of Pine Ridge about 11 p.m. Thursday for simple assault, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia at the Best Buy on North Haines Avenue. A security guard had called police, saying Merrival threatened to push security, according to police.

Merrival bonded out overnight and resurfaced about 8:30 a.m. Friday at Kohl's on East Disk Drive where police arrested him again, but this time for shoplifting.

"The fact he chose to come back to another location and do something similar is his bad choice," said Sgt. Darren Soucy with the Rapid City Police. "People get bonded out and choose to make a bad choice again."

More bad choices appear to have been made at the Walmart on North La Crosse Street than anywhere else between Thursday night and Friday morning.

Police were called to the Walmart at 6 p.m. Thursday for a shoplifter stealing makeup and over-the-counter medication. Rochelle Dennis, 41, of Rapid City was arrested.

Two hours later, a woman there reported she was in line for bed sheets when a man hit her on the head and grabbed the sheets from her. Samuel Coffin, 25, of Rapid City was cited for disorderly conduct.

An hour after that, police arrested Cody Shuck, 29, of Newcastle, Wyo. for shoplifting at Walmart. Police said they were called there about a man who stole clothing and wallets; Shuck then ran from the store before being caught.

Joyce Graves, 25, and a 17-year-old female were arrested for shoplifting after allegedly attempting to steal jewelry and cosmetics from Walmart about 12:40 a.m. Friday.

"That's one of our higher calls for service areas, anyway. It is not uncommon to have a handful of occurrences at the Walmart over the course of any day," Soucy said. "There is a high volume of people and a high volume of shoplifting."

Soucy said he adds extra police to control crowds on Black Friday, and traffic crash investigators reported to work early Friday to deal with more cars on the road. 

"It is definitely a high traffic day, so people get a little anxious to get to the sale," Soucy said.

Other incidents include a call to Kmart for an intoxicated female with a knife about 10:30 p.m. on Thursday. Police arrested Brandy Highwolf, 19, of Pine Ridge for false impersonation and minor consumption.

Rapid City was not alone in seeing a small crime wave over the holiday. Police in Massachusetts say a man left his girlfriend's 2-year-old son in a car while he went shopping. Then he went home with his new 51-inch flat screen television and left the toddler behind.

Police found the boy asleep in the vehicle in a Kmart parking lot about 1:30 a.m.  Friday. The man, who was not arrested, told police he lost the boy while shopping, panicked and called someone else for a ride. The boy's mother was working.


The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Contact Ryan Lengerich at 394-8418 or ryan.lengerich@rapidcityjournal.com.


(1) comment


"POLICE STAY BUSY" what in THE wide world of news is this ? Do you folks at the RCJ need to affirm the need for an unsustainable amount of unnesesary law enforcement for our small law abiding community. Wow a couple of shoplifters and what not kept the 600 or so law enforcement officers busy,, I think not , this is simply a drain on our economy! It is time to drop the whole fear enduced drain!

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