Burglary at Rock N' Roll Lanes
The Rock 'N Roll Lanes bowling alley at the north side of Philip was broken into and robbed in the early hours of Saturday, March 21.
Using a tool such as a crowbar, a person, or persons, destroyed the lock and brace to the southwest steel door to gain entry.
Four video lottery machines were then forced open and emptied of the money inside. The machines' tickets, which automatically register whenever the machines are opened, indicated the exact times of 3:23, 3:24, 3:24 and 3:25 a.m. There had been no money left in the cash register for overnight, but nickels, dimes and quarters from under the register were stolen. An envelope of gift certificates was also taken. The envelope happened to also have bowling results from the evening before, though copies were easily located for bowling league records.
The thief, or thieves, did not take a camera that was by the register, nor any food, tobacco or beer. The culprit, or culprits, left by way of the far west door behind the bowling machinery, leaving the double doors wide open. Business owner Dorothy Hansen discovered the break-in later that Saturday morning at approximately 10:30 a.m.
Haakon County Sheriff Larry Hanes and the Philip Police Chief Kit Graham answered the call. The crime occurred within city limits, so the police department was in charge of the case. The South Dakota Department of Criminal Justice sent a detective from Pierre to assist with taking of fingerprints and gathering any other evidence. Business had to go on as best it could, so a bowling tournament was held while the initial investigation was being conducted.
The bowling alley was burglarized one other time, eight years ago on January 18, 2001.