Rapid City Police reminds drivers: lock your cars - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City Police reminds drivers: lock your cars


With two recent incidents of vehicle break-ins, Rapid City police encourage drivers to lock up their cars.   

In one incident, police say two suspects were trying door handles on East Oakland Street in Rapid City to see if they were unlocked, then taking valuables from the unlocked cars. One suspect admitted to officers that he had tried 15 cars - and ten were unlocked.

Rapid City Detective Trevor Tollman says many vehicle thefts and burglaries are crimes of opportunity. He says most criminals will not try to break into or steal from a locked car.  

Detective Tollman says it is easy to avoid becoming victim of vehicle theft or burglaries. "Lock your car, do not leave your keys in the car, and if you have things of value take them inside.""There are times I understand if you have something of value that you can't take in and out of your car, at least try to hide it or conceal it," he added.

The individuals suspected of burglarizing vehicles on Oakland Street were arrested and charged with criminal entry of a vehicle and other charges including possession of a controlled substance, grand theft,and marijuana possession.

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Rapid City, SD 57701

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Fax: 605.342.7305

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