Three suspects arrested in connection with Rapid Valley armed robbery
PENNINGTON COUNTY, S.D. — Three suspects involved in a Rapid Valley armed robbery Tuesday morning were arrested in less than 24 hours of the crime. Three males ages 15, 15, and 17, are now in custody with charges related to the holdup of the Corner Pantry at 4602 East Highway 44 about 5 a.m., April 28, 2020.
According to the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, two juveniles were arrested about 2 p.m. Tuesday after a pursuit through Pennington County. Law enforcement had been following the stolen blue Camry believed to have been involved in the morning robbery. The pursuit originated on Interstate-90, traveled through Black Hawk, and was terminated for safety reasons prior to entering Rapid City. The vehicle was located abandoned a short time later in a parking lot in the 2500 block of West Main Street. The two juvenile suspects were taken into custody near the intersection of West Omaha Street and Mountain View Road on charges related to the robbery and pursuit. Clothing worn by the suspects during the robbery was located in the Camry.
A third juvenile was arrested in the area of 600 Lindbergh Avenue early Wednesday morning on charges related to the robbery. The weapon used in the robbery has not yet been recovered, however, it has been confirmed to be one of the firearms taken during the recent pawn burglaries on East North Street.
“It is shocking that a juvenile would be in possession of a stolen rifle, let alone use it to threaten a member of our community,” explains Pennington County Sheriff’s Captain of Investigations Tony Harrison. “We credit the cooperative investigative work of the Sheriff’s Office and Police Department with getting these armed, dangerous criminals off the streets before they could do more harm. We have a great team that responded quickly and successfully.”
Based off information from interviews with the suspects, it is believed the quick action of law enforcement and investigators prevented another planned armed robbery sometime today.
If the public has additional information about the crime and/or weapon used, please contact Captain Harrison at the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office at (605) 394-6115. A $5,000 reward is still being offered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary and/or aid in the recovery of the stolen firearms.