RAPID CITY, S.D. - A $10,000 reward is being offered for information about a break-in at a Rapid City gun shop that netted the thieves more than a dozen handguns.
The thieves broke into The Rooster Sporting Goods store on W. Main Street, according to police, and it was plain from what they made off with that the main purpose of the robbery was to get a lot of guns in a short period of time. The stolen merchandise consisted almost entirely of handguns.
"Somebody who is brazen enough to break into a business and take handguns probably has some criminal circles that they might be introducing these weapons into," said Brenden Medina, with the Rapid City Police Department.
The Rapid City Police spokesman calls the situation very dangerous because stolen weapons are almost used later in other crimes. Medina says they may end up in the hands of gangs, terrorists, or another dangerous group.
"We don't believe that somebody is going to go through the trouble to take these firearms and then go raffle them off for charity," said Medina.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has put up a reward for information on the case.
"The ATF is privy to resources we might not have, and in this case they stepped up with a $5,000 reward, which is matched by another one of their partner organizations, so that puts it at a $10,000 reward," said Medina.
Rapid City Police Detective Michael Shyne is heading up the investigation of the case but any information can also be directed to the ATF.