South Dakota woman charged in Martin County

FAIRMONT — A Dell Rapids, South Dakota, woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County.

Shawn Marie Flatebo, 33, has been charged with burglary in the second degree, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

At 8:42 p.m. July 13, a Martin County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of a burglary at a residence in Martin County. The deputy met with a pair of individuals who reported they had just returned home from vacation and could tell their house had been broken into. Some prescription pills and alcohol had been taken. They explained that they had video surveillance on their home and recognized the suspect as their neighbor, Flatebo.

Also present was a man who explained that he watches the individuals’ home when they are on vacation. He said he stopped at the residence July 11 and, as he was leaving, met Flatebo driving into the yard. After they talked briefly, the man said he left the yard and expected Flatebo to leave as well, but he did not see her leave. He returned and Flatebo said she was on the phone with her mom. The man told Flatebo to take her phone call out on the road, and told her she needed to leave the yard.

The homeowners then presented their video surveillance to the deputy. It showed that at 5:41 a.m. on July 12, an adult female identified as Flatebo tried to get into the residence but the storm door was locked. Flatebo then got a screwdriver and pried open the door. She entered the house, and was seen leaving the house with something in her hand.

Flatebo then went to a car and used a key she had taken from the house to start a vehicle. Flatebo then went back into the house and came out with multiple prescription bottles before getting into the vehicle and leaving.

There was video showing Flatebo returning to the yard about an hour later. It showed that when Flatebo got back to the yard with the car, she entered the house again and then left with an alcohol bottle. Flatebo then went back to the car and put the keys in the car. She then went to the trunk and, after a while, left, apparently on foot.

One of the homeowners’ children said he was missing about $10 from a money jar.

The homeowners said Flatebo is not allowed in their house and would have no claim of ownership of anything in the house.

The deputy attempted to contact Flatebo at her residence, but nobody came to the door. Another deputy had Flatebo’s phone number and called her. Flatebo said she was out of the area.


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