Sturgis PD confirms 9 firearms,1 BB gun,1 scope stolen in Sturgis Guns burglary Sunday
(UPDATE: 12/07/20 @ 2:33 p.m.): On Sunday, Dec. 6th at approximately 4:21am, officers from the Sturgis Police Department and Meade County Sheriff’s Department responded to a commercial alarm at Sturgis Guns, located at 1861 Lazelle Street in Sturgis. Upon arrival, officers found a side window smashed out. After clearing the building, the investigating officers learned the suspects had entered the building and took nine rifles, one BB gun, and a scope. This is the second time in a month that the business has been broken into. The first break-in occurred at 2:30am on November 1, 2020 a reward has been offered in that investigation.
(UPDATE: 12/06/20 @ 7:55 p.m.): Sturgis Police Chief Geody VanDewater confirms firearms were stolen in second burglary, not known yet how many were taken.
STURGIS, S.D. — The Sturgis Police Department is investigating a second firearm burglary at Sturgis Guns on Sunday, the second burglary in only 35 days.
“Someone out there knows who committed this crime,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Terry Henderson. “We highly encourage those with information to come forward before these firearms can be used in a crime of violence.”
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are still offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of either the Nov. 1 or Dec. 6 burglaries. This increased reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative in which the NSSF matches the ATF reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally-licensed firearms retailers, such as Sturgis Guns.
“We are particularly interested in any video footage that residences or businesses might have captured within a four-block radius of the business around the time of the burglary,” Henderson continued.
Anyone with information about the responsible individuals or leading to the recovery of the stolen firearms should contact either the Sturgis Police at (605) 347-5070 or ATF at 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477). ATF also has an email: ATFTips@atf.gov, or you can report anonymously online.