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Over 100 firearms stolen in South Dakota gun store burglary, federal authorities offering $10K reward

Neither descriptions of the suspect nor information on how many suspects may have been involved was provided by authorities.

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ISABEL, S.D. — Federal authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect or suspects who stole over 100 firearms in a gun store burglary on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.

Federal authorities say that over the weekend of Aug. 13, burglars struck Reloader’s Corner, a federally licensed firearm distributor on Main Street in Isabel, South Dakota — a town of 145 people about 60 miles west of Mobridge.

Upon the arrival of authorities, a responding federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) observed the front door of the establishment had been forcibly entered and that a number of handguns, shotguns and rifles were missing, as were a variety of accessories.

One stolen firearm has already been recovered in a traffic stop that occurred on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.

“Stolen firearms present a significant threat to the community as they can quickly find their way into the hands of violent criminals,” said Jon Ortiz, ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the St. Paul Field Division. “Criminals prohibited from legally purchasing firearms often resort to illegal firearms trafficking, and more often than not, those firearms are used in other crimes of violence.”

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The case is being investigated by the ATF with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Dewey County Sheriff’s Office. However, authorities are hoping for additional information from the public.

“Due to the rural location, we are looking for help from the community,” Ortiz continued. “If you know of anyone who recently came into possession of multiple firearms, or if you might have been in the area and saw suspicious activity, vehicles, or people in the vicinity, we want to hear from you. This information could help lead us to the persons responsible.”

Neither descriptions of the suspect nor information on how many suspects may have been involved was provided by authorities.

The ATF is offering $5,000 in reward money, which has been matched by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). The reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF’s reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers. ATF works closely with members of the firearm industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact the ATF. Tips can be submitted by calling 1-888-ATF-TIPS (1-888-283-8477), by emailing ATFTips@atf.gov , by submitting information at www.ReportIt.com or through the Report It mobile app.

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021. After over a year in Mitchell, he moved to Milwaukee, where he now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on regional news that impacts the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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