40 guns stolen in overnight burglary of Rapid City gun shop
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Police Department is investigating an early-morning burglary of a Rapid City gun shop in which about 40 guns were stolen.
Around 3:25 a.m., on Wednesday, September 23, police were called to First Stop Gun and Coin, located at 701 Main Street in Rapid City for a report of an alarm.
When police arrived, they saw that a glass door of the shop’s main entrance had been shattered, at which point the officers went into the building and found no one inside.
A review of the shop’s surveillance video shows that three suspects were involved, two of which were seen entering the store with one of them armed with a baseball bat.
The suspect with the baseball shattered various glass display cases, while the other grabbed handguns form the cases and placed them into duffel bag. During the crime, one of the suspects cut their hand/arm on the glass from one of the displays.
The third suspect was seen outside and left with the other two suspects as they fled the scene.
Both suspects that entered the store appear to be slim-build males, in the 15-20s age range and were wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks. Both wore pants with distinctive holes in them.
Police are working with the business in order to determine the specific number of firearms that were taken during the burglary, which remains an open and active investigation.
“Any time you have a large-scale gun theft like this, it’s highly concerning for local law enforcement,” says Captain John Olson, Commander of the RCPD’s Criminal Investigations Division. “We have around 40 guns that are now unaccounted for in the hands of our criminal element. It’s imperative that we, as a community, take steps to properly secure firearms while they are left unattended.”
Anyone with information about the burglary or the identity of the suspects involved should contact Detective Jim Ingalls at 394-4131. An anonymous tip can be submitted by texting the letters RCPD along with the information to 847-411.