RCPD investigates vehicle burglaries, recovers stolen firearms and Christmas presents

Holiday Crime

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RAPID CITY, S.D. — A series of vehicle burglaries and a stolen pickup truck have led the Rapid City Police Department to the recovery of stolen firearms and Christmas presents.

At around 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 21, police were dispatched to the 6500 block of Wellington Drive, where residents reported that a passenger vehicle in the driveway had been burglarized and their pickup had been stolen from the driveway. The pickup owner stated that a pistol and a rifle were in the pickup at the time it was stolen.

A short time later, law enforcement located the pickup abandoned in the 200 block of Bald Eagle Lane. When the owner was contacted and arrived on scene, they advised that there was property in the bed of the pickup that did not belong to them, and the firearms were no longer located in the truck.

Police began investigating several other reports of vehicle burglaries in the area. According to the RCPD, a number of Christmas presents were stolen from one vehicle on Wellington Drive, while another rifle and pistol were taken from a vehicle on Enchantment Road. Police began to review security footage provided by residents in the area and observed a distinctive white SUV associated with the burglaries.

Investigators located a similar vehicle in the 200 block of Bald Eagle Lane and identified it as a white Chevy Tracker that matched the vehicle in the security footage, and observed several items inside the Tracker that matched items reported stolen in the earlier vehicle burglaries. The vehicle’s registration came back to a resident of an apartment in the 200 block of Bald Eagle Lane, a search warrant was obtained for the apartment, and upon execution of the warrant police located several juveniles inside.

The four firearms reported missing in the vehicle burglaries were recovered from the apartment, along with additional property also associated with the burglaries. Police have identified the juveniles responsible for the burglaries and thefts, and are working through the appropriate processes to ensure they are held accountable for their actions.

Rcpd Christmas Burglaries

Community Service Officers Amber LeLaCheur and Parker Harrison, Photo Courtesy RCPD

The Christmas presents recovered during the investigations were returned to their rightful owners in time for Christmas, courtesy of Community Service Officers Amber LeLaCheur and Parker Harrison.

Because none of the vehicles burglarized or stolen in the investigation showed signs of forced entry, the RCPD reminds Rapid City residents to always secure their vehicle and remove any valuables when leaving it unattended.  Recovering stolen guns is always a major challenge for law enforcement, and in many cases, a stolen firearm won’t be recovered until it is associated with another criminal act.

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