Five guns taken from unlocked Rapid City vehicles in 16 days

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Police Department is urging residents to lock their firearms in a safe place after five separate incidents of firearms being taken from unlocked cars took place over a 16 day period.

On Tuesday, April 14th at around 11:20 a.m., RCPD officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2100 block of Oak Avenue. The reporting party who stated they had left their pickup parked unlocked on the street. Sometime between that morning and the evening prior, an unknown suspect had entered their vehicle and stolen a handgun from the vehicle’s center console. Two magazines were also taken.

According to the RCPD, this is the fifth firearm taken from an unlocked vehicle in the span of just over two weeks. The other reported incidents are:

4/7/20                   1200 N. Lacrosse Street                 Loaded handgun taken from the glovebox of an unlocked sedan.

4/4/20                   1702 E. Highway 44                        Handgun taken from a pickup. No signs of forced entry to the vehicle.

4/3/20                   100 block of Nevada Drive            Revolver taken from an unlocked pickup.

3/30/20                400 block of Liberty Street           Handgun taken from an unlocked pickup.

The RCPD reminds residents that responsible gun ownership starts with being accountable for a firearm at all times. Vehicles make terrible gun safes, and you should never leave a firearm in an unlocked vehicle.

If you must store a firearm in a vehicle, ensure the vehicle and firearm are properly secured. Always lock your vehicle before leaving it unattended. Take valuable items inside, or conceal them if you must leave them in your vehicle.

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