At least seven firearms reported stolen in string of weekend vehicle burglaries
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Police Department confirmed that at least seven firearms were stolen as a result of a vehicle burglary or theft between Jan. 30 and Jan. 31.
Community Relations Specialist Brendyn Medina stated that the number of thefts and burglaries reported over the weekend was “abnormally large.” Several of these incidents involve out-of-town residents staying at local hotels.
The firearm thefts occurred in the 2500 block of Mount Rushmore Road, the 100 block of Oakland Street, the 900 block of North Street, and the 4700 block of Powderhorn Circle. A total of five pistols and two rifles were taken.
The RCPD would like to remind citizens that vehicles, particularly unlocked ones, make terrible gun safes. Always lock your vehicle before leaving it unattended, and take valuables inside or conceal them from view. Vehicle burglaries are difficult to investigate, but easy to prevent.
Gun thefts are highly concerning for law enforcement, as the firearms are often not recovered until they’re associated with another criminal act.
Your unlocked car is also a really bad place to keep your keys. Your car is also a really bad place to keep your gun.
Over the weekend, we had at least 5 vehicles stolen (that had keys left in the vehicle), and at least 7 guns stolen during a vehicle burglary or a vehicle theft. pic.twitter.com/bIgluageQJ
— RapidCityPD (@RapidCityPD) February 1, 2021