SIOUX CITY | I'll take "How Not to Commit a Burglary" for $200, Alex. 

The Sioux City Police Department is seeking help from the public to identify a suspect seen trying to break into the Elks Lodge, 1001 Tri-View Ave.

Police say he not only failed to break into the lodge but also cut himself, leaving DNA evidence at the scene. 

And he was also caught on camera. 

The attempted break-in occurred the evening of Jan. 16. Investigators are awaiting results of those DNA tests.

The police department posted video on its Facebook page last week showing the suspect striking a window on a door with an object in an attempt to gain entry.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 258-TIPS or text 274637 with SCPDTIP in the message line. Callers may also contact Det. Jeff Harstad at 279-6898 or via email at jharstad@sioux-city.org.

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STORM LAKE, Iowa | It was an ironic place to commit a theft. 

A Storm Lake man who police say stole a wallet from a customer at the Better Day Cafe eventually ended up with a worse day after camera footage traced him to the scene. 

Dalton Goodman, 22, was charged with fifth-degree theft Friday, according to a press release from the Storm Lake Police Department. 

Police say on Jan. 27, a victim reported his wallet with $50 in cash had been stolen while left unattended at the Better Day Cafe, 518 Lake Ave. Police later learned that items left in the wallet had been discarded at the Storm Lake Super 8 Motel. 

Camera footage from both locations identified Goodman as the suspect. 

Goodman was actually arrested on an unrelated matter Friday and had the fifth-degree theft charge added. 


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