Police: 6 Guns Stolen From Inside Cars Over Weekend


Police call it a crime of opportunity, and they aren’t sure how to convince the public to keep their cars locked — especially when they keep guns in tow.

Public Information Officer Sam Clemens said six guns were taken from three unlocked cars across Sioux Falls over the weekend. In one case near 69th Street and Bremerton Place, four handguns and ammunition were taken by thieves from one vehicle alone.

For him, it’s frustrating to see that guns are being stolen out of unlocked cars after repeated reminders to the public to keep their property locked up.

“I don’t know what more we can do at this point and time to remind people: ‘Lock your cars,'” Clemens said. “It doesn’t matter if you have anything valuable in there or not. Lock your cars. We see a tremendous amount of theft from unlocked cars.”

Police are also asking gun owners to not leave firearms in their cars. For Clemens, the concern now focuses on whether the stolen guns will end up in the hands of criminals.

“We’ve got (six) guns and a whole lot of ammunition that are floating around out there,” Clemens said. “And we don’t know who has it or what they could do with it. It’s kind of a scary thought to think where these guns may end up or what they could be used for.”

Although the victims told officers they believed that they had locked their cars, no signs of forced entry were found.

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