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Burglars steal 40 firearms from Rapid City gun store Wednesday

Published: Sep. 23, 2020 at 2:04 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Rapid City police are investigating a burglary at First Stop Gun and Coin on Wednesday, where suspects stole 40 guns.

Around 3:25 a.m. Sept. 23, police arrived at 701 Main Street after receiving a call. Upon arrival, police found the store’s glass door shattered. There was no one in the store.

Surveillance video shows three suspects.

Two of them entered the store; one had a baseball bat. The suspect holding the baseball bat struck various display cases, and the other grabbed handguns and stuffed them into a duffel bag. At one point, one of them cut their arm on the glass of a display.

The third suspect stayed outside and fled the scene with the other two, according to police.

Both suspects that entered the store appear to be slim-built males, who could be aged anywhere from 15-years-old to their early 20s. They were wearing light-colored hooded sweatshirts and masks. Both were wearing pants with distinctive holes in them, as seen in the surveillance video.

“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.”

Police are working with the business to determine the specific number of firearms taken during the burglary. This remains an open and active investigation.

From 2012 to 2019, 180 guns were stolen from firearms dealers in South Dakota according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Only four of those came last year.

Gun theft is always a concern for law enforcement as stolen guns can be used in further crimes.

Back in 2016, three handguns stolen in a Rapid City robbery turned up in the Denver area after being used in a murder and a police-involved shooting.

With 40 guns missing from First Stop Gun & Coin, that creates a lot of opportunities for crime.

“The thing that causes us the most concern is that often times when it comes to a stolen firearm, law enforcement doesn’t encounter that gun usually until it’s used in some sort of another criminal offense or it’s used to victimize someone else, so these people aren’t taking these guns and then donating them to charity,” said Brendyn Medina, RCPD community relations specialist.

Anyone with any information about this burglary or the identity of the suspects involved should contact Detective Jim Ingalls at 394-4134. An anonymous tip can also be submitted by texting the letters ‘RCPD’ and the information to 847411.

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