Rapid City sees three incidents of firearms stolen from unlocked vehicles in 72 hour period

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Police Department is urging residents to lock their firearms in a safe place after three more incidents of guns taken from burglarized vehicles over the course of the weekend.

  • At around 3:50 p.m. on April 17th, police responded to the 4300 block of Shaker Dr. for a report of a vehicle burglary. Police learned that a handgun had been taken from a pickup parked in a driveway. The vehicle exhibited no signs of forced entry.
  • At around 11:05 a.m. on April 17th, police were dispatched to the 100 block of Main Street for a report of a vehicle burglary. Police learned that a handgun, along with several other items, had been taken from an SUV at some point in the prior two days. Police noted no signs of forced entry to the vehicle.
  • At around 8:35 p.m. on April 19th, police were dispatched to the 4800 block of Shelby Avenue for a report of a vehicle burglary. Police learned that a revolver hand been taken from a vehicle showing no signs of forced entry.

This follows a 16 day period where five separate incidents of guns being stolen from unlocked vehicles took place in Rapid City.

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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