- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—Count Eureka and Selby among the communities that have been dealing with reports of vehicles that appear to be suspicious.

There have been two reports of suspicious vehicles made to the Mobridge Police Department in the past week. A woman in Selby reported at 4:40 p.m. Saturday that a blue pickup had been following her around town while she delivered papers. Selby police Chief Donald Knecht said it was discovered that the driver was not intentionally following the woman.

“He didn’t think he was doing anything wrong. And I talked to the victim, and after telling her, she didn’t want to press any charges,” said Knecht.

The other call involved a driver telling a minor to get in the vehicle, according to the Mobridge police log. A teenager reported at 8:27 p.m. July 21 that he was stopped by a man in an older green pickup and told to get into the vehicle at Eureka Beach.

“The young man (who made the report) was under the age of 16, but over the age of 12. In that age group, you’d have a little bit of confidence that what they are telling you is true,” said McPherson County Sheriff David Ackerman, who investigated the report.

The sheriff’s department reviewed video footage of the areas listed in the report, but did not find any evidence of a vehicle fitting the description.

The Mobridge Police Department also received a report on July 18 that a blue 2006 Dodge Ram pickup had been stolen from a feedlot in McLaughlin. The pickup owner also reported that a 9-millimeter handgun was in the stolen truck.

“The vehicle was taken from a feedlot parking lot, and there were some sightings of that vehicle being driven around recklessly,” Corson County Sheriff Keith Gall said. “Someone that knew that owner of the pickup, called him (to complain out his driving), then found out that he was not the one in the vehicle, so a report was made that the vehicle was possibly stolen.”

Approximately an hour after being reported stolen, the truck was found in undrivable condition due to being shot multiple times with the handgun.

“Four suspects were arrested by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, but the handgun was not recovered,” Gall said. “We recovered the holster, but not the gun itself.”

Authorities are investigating the incident and continue to search for the handgun.

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