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Jul 25

Continued Intentional Damage to Vehicles

Posted on July 25, 2022 at 9:55 AM by Michelle Delaney

Reported: 7/20/2022 at 1:49PM Occurred: Sometime between 7/19/2022 7:00PM and 7/20/2022 8:00AM Location: Oakwood Lake Dr. Vehicle: 2004 Jeep Wrangler

On the above date and time, the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office took another report of a vehicle’s lug nuts being loosened. It was found the vehicle was being driven into Brookings by the owner when they noticed the vehicle was having issues. The vehicle was immediately driven to a local mechanic where they suspected the lug nuts had been tampered with and called law enforcement. The estimated cost to repair the vehicle is $300.

These incidents appear to happen in infrequent intervals. The Brookings County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the assistance of home and business owners with camera systems to periodically check their recordings, especially at night, for suspicious activity. If activity is observed, please call Dispatch at (605)692-2113. A deputy will be sent to your residence with either a thumb drive or recordable DVD to obtain a copy of the activity. If you are not familiar with viewing recordings you are also encouraged to call the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office, (605)696-8300, to schedule a deputy meeting with you who can assist with your specific system.

As a safety precaution, the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the motoring public to ensure the safety of their vehicle prior to entering the roadway. Tires and fasteners should be checked for damage, wear and tampering. If you do find damage which may have been intentional please call dispatch, 605-692-2113 and a deputy or officer will meet with you.

Anyone with any information about this case can contact the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office at 605-696-8300 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously by visiting or by calling 605-692-STOP (7867).

Scott Sebring
Assistant Sheriff
Brookings County Sheriff’s Office
315 7th Ave
Brookings, SD 57006