Rapid City Police investigating spike in local robberies
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Police Department is investigating a spiked level of robberies in Rapid City.
Nine different robberies around businesses have been reported in the last 30 days. The police have arrested a suspect that is believed to be in connection with four of the robberies.
However, police are investigating the other five.
The five robberies include:
- 3/15, 12:40 a.m. – Armed robbery at 720 N. Lacrosse Street (casino). Remains under investigation.
- 3/16, 11:25 p.m. – Armed robbery at 1320 Mount Rushmore Road (casino). Remains under investigation.
- 3/17, 10:40 a.m. – Robbery at 1625 N. Lacrosse Street (hotel). Remains under investigation.
- 3/18, 11:40 p.m. – Armed robbery at 1624 E. Saint Patrick Street (casino). Remains under investigation.
- 3/20, 5:05 a.m. – Robbery at 601 Mountain View Road (convenience store). Remains under investigation.
The RCPD has taken an heightened approach to preventing further robberies at late night and overnight businesses in the community. During the evening hours of March 19, through the morning hours of March 20, almost 30 different businesses have received extra patrols from officers. Officers even performed walk-through patrols to businesses that were open.
All 24-hour businesses are encouraged to follow the following safety precautions:
- If possible, maintain a single point of entry/exit for patrons. All other doors to a business should remain secured to employee access only.
- Ensure surveillance and security systems are in proper working order. Cameras should have good coverage of parking lots and points of entry. The function of silent alarms should be tested on a regular basis.
- Limit the amount of cash on hand to the minimum required for normal operation. Additional cash should be secured until it can be deposited off site as soon as possible.
- Limit window advertising in favor of clear visibility so employees can maintain the best situational awareness.
- Employees of these businesses should report all suspicious activity.
If employees of the businesses encounter a robbery situation, they should take all the reasonable actions to protect their own safety. Property is replaceable, human lives are not.
“Our staff continues to be in a state of operational readiness 24/7,” says Chief of Police Karl Jegeris. “The men and women of the RCPD will sustain that readiness in order to hold offenders in our community accountable throughout the current public health situation and beyond.”