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UPDATE: Suspect in Idaho Falls robbery identified

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Dakota F. Kelso


The following is a news release from the Idaho Falls Police Department.

Idaho Falls Police officers have arrested Dakota F. Kelso, 29, of Idaho Falls on felony armed robbery charges.

Police reports show at about 11:30 a.m. Friday, police officers were dispatched to Check Into Cash, at 1175 E 17th Street. Employees told officers that a man displayed a knife and demanded cash before leaving the business. He left on foot shortly before 11:30 a.m. and was last seen westbound on 17th.

Officers were able to review surveillance footage and information from the scene to identify a possible suspect. Officers searched the area nearby and determined other locations where the suspect may have gone.

Officers responded to a residence in the area of 9th and Holmes at approximately 11:50 a.m. Officers maintained a presence at the residence until a search warrant was secured and continued to search other areas and pursue other information in the meantime.The search warrant was secured and officers searched the residence at approximately 3:30 p.m.

The suspect was located hiding inside and was taken into custody at 3:39 p.m. Officers were able to recover all the money taken from the business, $529, as well as the knife used in the robbery from the residence.

Additional charges may be pending.

Photos by Natalia Hepworth,


IDAHO FALLS — Police are on the scene of a reported armed robbery at a business on 17th Street in Idaho Falls.

Multiple officers were called to Check into Cash at 1175 East 17th Street around 11:30 a.m. Nobody was injured, according to police, and investigators are looking for a suspect described as a dark-skinned man in his mid-20s weighing around 120 pounds. He was wearing dark workout clothes with lime green on the bottom of the legs.

The suspect was last seen on foot headed westbound on 17th Street toward Lowes. Anyone with information is asked to call police.