Stolen firearm recovered by Nobles County Jail staff

A Sioux Falls teenager is being held in a youth correctional facility after a stolen pistol was discovered on his person.

In the courts

WORTHINGTON — A Sioux Falls, South Dakota teenager is in custody at a youth correctional facility after a stolen firearm with loaded magazine and marijuana were discovered by Nobles County Jail staff during his booking process.

According to a criminal complaint, Sembel A. Sale, 16, was a passenger of a vehicle stopped around 3:45 a.m. Dec. 1 in Worthington for failing to stop at stop sign. The vehicle’s occupants all denied possession of 73 grams of marijuana discovered in the vehicle.

Sale was arrested on an active warrant and booked into the Nobles County Jail. During the booking process, jail staff allegedly discovered a pistol with rounds of loaded ammunition in the magazine along with 1.12 grams of marijuana. Upon further investigation, the firearm had been reported stolen in Sioux Falls.

The officer, who reported checking Sale’s waistband for contraband prior to being placed in the squad car, reviewed his squad car footage. The footage allegedly captured Sale repositioning something in his groin area through the front side of his pants while handcuffed in the backseat of the squad car.

Sale faces the following charges: receiving stolen property, possession of ammunition/pistol/assault weapon under 18 years old and introducing weapon into jail, all felonies; and introducing contraband into jail and fifth-degree drug possession, both gross misdemeanors.


Sale’s case is publicly available because he is older than 16 and facing a felony.

Sale is being held at Prairie Lakes Youth Programs in Willmar pending his next court appearance Dec. 9 in Nobles County District Court.

Mugshots are not publicly available for juveniles.

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