SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A 45-year-old man accused of breaking into U.S. Sen. Mike Round’s office in Sioux Falls on Tuesday faces felony charges including burglary and intentional damage to property.
A state judge set bond at $10,000 cash only Wednesday for Donald Hallor of Sioux Falls. Hallor spoke little during a hearing in which the judge explained his rights and outlined the charges.
A Sioux Falls police spokesman didn’t have information about a potential motive for the alleged break-in.
Police spokesman Sam Clemens said in an email that property allegedly taken from Rounds’ office included books, a flag stand and office supplies.
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Authorities said police Tuesday evening noticed a broken window at the Republican senator’s office, with noises coming from inside and someone observed moving around in the dark building.
Officers formed a perimeter and apprehended Hallor on a roof, Clemens said. Hallor also allegedly broke into another suite in the building, he said.
Rounds’ spokeswoman Natalie Krings said Hallor isn’t known to their office to the best of her knowledge.
“Fortunately, no one was in the office during the incident and everyone is safe,” Krings said in a statement. “Senator Rounds is grateful for the diligent work by the Sioux Falls Police Department to catch the intruder, and we will continue to work with them.”
The office is one of four the senator maintains in South Dakota.
A brick was used to break a window and gain access to the office, said Kim Buell, owner of the two-story building in downtown Sioux Falls.
The senator’s suite appeared to have been rummaged through, Buell said. Two computers in Buell’s office had been opened and their hard drives removed, Buell said, adding that he doesn’t know Hallor.
Buell said the intruder may have been hungry because trail mix had been eaten in Rounds’ office, while popcorn and yogurt had been consumed from Buell’s office.
An attorney for Hallor didn’t immediately respond to a telephone message requesting comment from The Associated Press. His criminal history includes convictions for burglary and theft.