21-year-old arrested after stealing from unlocked vehicles

RAPID CITY, S.D. — On Tuesday around 12:50 A.M., the Rapid City Police were dispatched to the 2300 block of Willow Avenue which is by old Robbinsdale, for a report of a suspect checking door handles on parked vehicles.

When the police arrived in the area of Ivy Avenue and E. Oakland Street, they observed a male that matched the description of the suspect. The police stopped the suspected who was identified as 21-year-old Tanner Patino of Rapid City.

The suspect allowed the police to search his person, and was found with two wallets with ID’s that weren’t Patino’s. Upon further investigation, police found that Patino had been the suspect that was checking door handles in the area.

He was found with several other items that were stolen on his person. The wallets were returned to their respective owners who expressed interest to press charges against Patino. The police placed Patino under arrest for two counts of Criminal Entry into a Motor Vehicle before he was transferred to the Pennington County Jail.

The incident serves as a great reminder for members of the community to always report suspicious behavior if it is witnessed. Furthermore, the public should remember to always lock and secure their vehicles when leaving them unattended. A locked car is the best deterrent to vehicle burglars/thieves.

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