UPDATE: RCPD investigating five total Sunday morning burglaries
The Rapid City Police Department continues to investigate a total of five business break-ins that took place on Sunday morning.
The police are turning to the public to help identify the suspects responsible for a break-in at a Big D gas station located at 3851 Eglin Street.
At about 5:15 Sunday morning, RCPD was called for a report of a belated burglary. When police arrived they observed that one of the businesses windows had been broken out.
The Police reviewed the surveillance footage that showed a male suspect throw a rock through the window. He was seen grabbing several bottles of liquor before handing them to a female.
The two suspects then fled to a nearby vehicle.
The male suspect is described as Native American, in his early 20s, with short black hair, wearing a black sweatshirt and a gold necklace.
The female suspect is described as a Native American in her late teens to early 20s, with long black hair, and a large white jacket. The suspects vehicle appeared to be a mid-2000s Chevrolet Trailblazer that’s dark in color.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Police Department is currently investigating several early-morning burglaries.
At this time, one suspect has been taken into custody.
At about 3:55 a.m. on Sunday morning, police were called to Super Lube Plus located at 643 North Lacrosse Street for an alarm. When police arrived, they located a window that had been shattered with a rock.
Upon further investigation of the businesses security footage, a suspect is seen to be breaking the window with the rock and rummaging through the interior.
At 4:45 a.m., Police responded to another alarm at Pawn With Us located at 406 E. North Street. When police arrived, they saw a window had been broken with another rock. Upon further investigation, police saw that two suspects made entry into the business. The suspects took multiple AR-15-style rifles before fleeing the scene.
At about 6:00 a.m., the Police responded to Big D Express Lube located at 2139 Jackson Boulevard for a report of a burglary.
On arrival, police located a broken window and cleared the building to see if anyone was inside. The security footage showed a male suspect throwing a rock through of the business’s windows, and entering the business while beginning to search a register for cash before fleeing the business on foot.
At about 6:20 a.m., the police responded to Al’s D & I Auto Repair located at 3483 Sturgis Road for a reported burglary.
Police were informed that a suspect was still inside the business. When police arrived, they could hear a crashing noise inside the business. Police saw a male suspect and ordered him out of the business. The suspect refused to comply.
The suspect made his way to a ledge inside the business and was attempting to break through a window near the ceiling with a crow bar. Police discharged rounds from a less-lethal beanbag shotgun at the suspect, causing him to drop the crowbar.
The suspect crawled through an air duct into another room. The police then sprayed the suspect with pepper spray and after further resistance from the suspect, the police were able to get him into custody. He was identified as 21-year-old Garrett Keegan of Rapid City.
Keegan was transported to RCPD’s Criminal Investigations Division to speak with detectives. Following his interview, Keegan was found to be responsible for the earlier burglaries of Super Lube Plus and and Big D Express Lube.
He was placed under arrest for three counts of 3rd Degree Burglary, Felony Vandalism, Obstruction, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Burglary Tools, and a Probation Hold before being transported to Pennington County Jail.
The Rapid City Police are still continuing to investigate the firearms taken from Pawn With Us.
Anyone with information about the burglary or that can identify the suspects should contact Det. Chris Holbrook at 394-4134. An anonymous tip can be sent by texting the letters RCPD with the information to 847-411.