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Four arrested on gun theft charges, two more on drug charges

Three Mitchell residents and one Woonsocket man were arrested for allegedly stealing a total of seven firearms in Davison County from Nov. 4 to Nov. 14.

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Three Mitchell residents and one Woonsocket man were arrested for allegedly stealing a total of seven firearms in Davison County from Nov. 4 to Nov. 14.

Mitchell resident Andrew Kiner, 18, was arrested after allegedly forcibly entering a Mitchell residence, stealing several items and leaving the residence in a 2012 Ford F-150, which is also believed to have been stolen from the residence. Kiner, who the Mitchell Department of Public Safety said was arrested Tuesday, is believed to have used the truck to drive to other areas in Mitchell to enter at least three vehicles to steal other items.

Kiner allegedly stole two 12 gauge shotguns, a .410 gauge shotgun, money and other items. He is also believed to have stolen two additional firearms in rural Davison County.

Kiner was arrested for first-degree burglary, grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft of a firearm and three counts of criminal entry of a motor vehicle.

According to the Department of Public Safety, 22-year-old Mitchell resident Benjamin Amadon was also arrested for stealing firearms. Amadon was arrested Wednesday for possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a person with a prior drug felony.

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Authorities say Amadon possessed a .357 caliber handgun believed to be stolen from a Mitchell vehicle. And when law enforcement searched Amadon's residence on Monday, trace amounts of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and more than 3 ounces of marijuana were found. According to officials, Amadon was initially arrested on Monday for unauthorized possession of a controlled substance.

When Amadon's home was searched, two more Mitchell residents were found and arrested for possessing less than 2 ounces of marijuana. Scott Wood, 35, and Kaylee Lynn Martin, 20, were in Amadon's residence at the time of the search and charged with the offenses. Wood was also arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Woonsocket resident Joshua Weber, 22, was also arrested following the string of alleged firearm thefts. Weber was arrested Wednesday in Woonsocket for possession of stolen property and possession of a firearm by a person with a prior drug felony. Weber's charges stem from his possession of a .357 caliber handgun that was allegedly stolen from a Mitchell vehicle.

The Department of Public Safety said Friday that more arrests are pending in the incident.

Authorities also announced the arrest of 24-year-old Mitchell resident Juanita Rose Mckeen, who allegedly stole a .40 caliber handgun from a Mitchell motel room in a separate incident.

Mckeen was arrested for grand theft on Wednesday in her residence without incident.

All seven allegedly stolen firearms were recovered following the arrests.

The wide array of charges the alleged offenders were arrested for carry various punishments. First-degree burglary is a Class 2 felony punishable by 25 years imprisonment in the state penitentiary and a $50,000 fine; Grand theft of a motor vehicle valued at more than $5,000 and less than or equal to $100,000 is a Class 4 felony punishable by a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and a $20,000 fine; Grand theft of a firearm valued at $2,500 of less, possession of a stolen firearm valued at $2,500 or less and possession of a firearm by a person with a prior drug felony are all Class 6 felonies punishable by two years imprisonment and a $4,000 fine on each count; Unauthorized possession of a controlled substance is a Class 5 felony punishable by a maximum of five years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine; Criminal entry of a motor vehicle and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana are both Class 1 misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in a county jail and a $2,000 fine; Possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of 30 days imprisonment in a county jail and a $500 fine.

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The Mitchell Police Division, Davison County Sheriff's Office, South Dakota Highway Patrol, the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and the Sanborn County Sheriff's Office investigated the incidents.

Authorities urged residents to secure firearms when not in use and advised against leaving firearms or other valuable property in unoccupied vehicles. Law enforcement also advised people to remove keys from vehicles when not in use.

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