Rapid City police save Christmas by finding stolen guns

RAPID CITY, SD (KOTA) — Rapid City police saved Christmas for a family, quickly returning stolen gifts, while stopping four guns from reaching the streets.

On Tuesday morning, police investigated three reports of vehicle break-ins: one including a stolen van. Police were told a gun and rifle were in the van when it was stolen from a house in the 6500 block of Wellington Drive. The van was found abandoned in the 200 block of Bald Eagle Lane, but the guns were missing.

Two other vehicle break-ins were reported on Enchantment Road, with another pistol and rifle stolen; and Wellington Drive, where the thieves fled with the family’s Christmas presents.

Using security video provided by the owners, police focused on a vehicle in the 200 block of Bald Eagle Lane. This led them to an apartment where they found the miners and the stolen property, including the four guns.

Police believe the minors were responsible for the crime spree. In a statement, RCPD Community Relations Specialist Brendyn Medina said police are “working on the proper processes to ensure they are held accountable for their actions.

“None of the vehicles broken into or stolen in this investigation showed signs of being broken into,” Medina added. “Also, the vehicles are not a gun safe. While it is fortunate that we were able to quickly recover firearms stolen during this series of incidents, recovering stolen weapons is still a major challenge for law enforcement. In many cases, a stolen firearm will not be recovered until it is associated with another criminal act.

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