Local law aid in catching suspect in Lake County


On Thursday, August 3, at approximately 9:15 a.m., the Lake County Sheriff's Office received a phone call from a citizen on Horizon Heights Road in Chester in regards to a suspicious vehicle parked in the area.

Upon running the information on the vehicle, officers determined the vehicle had been reported as stolen out of Sioux Falls.

After some background information was retained on the reported stolen vehicle, the sheriff’s office determined the suspect was currently in the area. A home was searched and a suspect was located and arrested.

The suspect in this case was also to be determined as the suspect from an incident occurring out of Lyon County, Iowa, where a stolen vehicle was also reported, followed by a short pursuit and the suspect getting away.

Chaz Thomas VanOrman, 35 of Tea was arrested for third degree burglary and possession of stolen property, as well as warrants out of Lyon County

Agencies assisting in this operation were the Madison Police Department, Flandreau Police Department, Moody County Sheriff’s Office, S.D. Highway Patrol and the S.D. Division of Criminal Investigation.

“They were great help,” said Lake County Chief Deputy Sarina Talich of the Flandreau PD and Moody County SO. “It’s nice our agencies can come together in situations like this.”

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