Sioux Falls police arrest man for vandalizing casinos, setting car on fire

December 13, 2023

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.–A Sioux Falls man was arrested for starting a fire in his car and vandalizing two casinos.

Sioux Falls police responded to a vandalism call at a casino in the 2700 block of East 6th Street.

A man showed up at the casino and tipped over six video lottery machines.

The damage to the machines was estimated to be $90,000.

About 45 minutes later, the man entered a different casino in the 1400 block of East 10th Street where he tipped over two video lottery machines, which amounted to $30,000 dollars in damage.

Police later received a call about a car fire in the 5500 block of East 18th Street. It was the suspect’s car on fire, and the suspect was there on scene.

The suspect — 43-year-old Erik Wahle from Sioux Falls — was arrested for Reckless Burning for starting the car fire and Intentional Damage to Property.