Local organizations partner to offer reward in recent arson investigation

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RAPID CITY, S.D. — Several community organizations have partnered together to offer a $3,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for a string of fires in the vicinity of 11th Street, South Street, and Mount Rushmore Road earlier this month.

“It’s so amazing to see these community organizations stepping up to aid us in the investigation into these recent fires,” says Captain John Olson, Commander of the RCPD’s Criminal Investigations Division. “We know that there’s someone out there who knows who is setting these fires and are hopeful this reward can help them come forward with that information.”

West Park Apartments Ownership, West Boulevard Neighborhood Association, and Community Reward Fund all pledged $1,000. The Mount Rushmore Road Group added an additional $500.

“One of the reasons the WBNA was incorporated in 1976 was to protect the historic integrity of its residential neighborhood,” says Pat Roseland of the West Boulevard Neighborhood Association. “This is a time of need and the WBNA will do its part to help find those responsible for these fires.”

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“It’s just great to have other groups participate with us in this effort to bring this string of fires to and an end before anyone is hurt,” says Lew Weinberg, General Partner representing the West Park Apartments. “Our community is always ready to step up and help out with worthy projects like this reward.”

Anyone with information on these recent suspicious fires should contact Detective Andrew Randazzo at 605-394-4134. An anonymous tip can also be submitted by texting the letters ‘RCPD’ and the information to 847411.

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