Four arrested for Box Elder vehicle thefts; alleged to have entered more than 40 vehicles
BOX ELDER, S.D. — The Antelope Ridge subdivision in Box Elder woke up to a series of vehicle burglaries and thefts on Saturday morning.
According to Sgt. Joshua Campbell with the Box Elder Police Department, home surveillance video collected from residents in the area helped police identify and detain four juvenile suspects. Their identities will not be released due to age.
Three of the suspects are residents of Box Elder and students at Douglas High School, and the fourth resides outside the district. According to officials, all are known to law enforcement. During their interviews, the suspects disclosed that they had entered, what they estimated, more than 40 vehicles in the subdivision, yet only a portion have been reported.
A warrant was obtained for a house on the 1300 block of Dakota Drive, Box Elder in Meade County. During the search, officers located several items that were reported missing, which included a loaded 9mm pistol that had been stolen from an unlocked vehicle.
The investigation is ongoing but charges pending thus far are as follows:
- Grand Theft-Firearm, SDCL 22-30A-17, a class 6 felony
- Possession of Firearm with Altered Serial Number, SDCL 22-14-5, a class 6 felony
- Criminal Entry to Motor Vehicle, SDCL 22-32-20, a class 1 misdemeanor
- Petty Theft, SDCL 22-30A-17.2, a class 1 misdemeanor
Police are requesting that residents of the Antelope Ridge subdivision check their vehicles for evidence of entry, tampering, or theft. Anyone with additional information are asked to contact BEPD at (605) 923-1401. Callers may remain anonymous.
Almost every vehicle involved in these cases was left unlocked, providing suspects easy access. Police say “basic crime prevention strategies, such as parking in well-lit areas and locking vehicles, is the best way to prevent these crimes of opportunity. And firearms, much less loaded firearms, should never be stored in vehicles or left unattended.”