Loosened lug nuts cause $700 damage

BROOKINGS – Intentionally loosened lug nuts continue to be a problem in Brookings County, with the latest incident involving a 2019 Chevy Silverado with an estimated $700 in damage last week, according to the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office.

The case was reported Friday at 11:46 a.m. and occurred between 9:30 p.m. Thursday and the time it was reported. Assistant Sheriff Scott Sebring wrote in the news release that it took place either in the 200 block of Railway Street in Bruce or the 300 block of Industrial Drive in Volga.

Sebring reported that the vehicle was being driven to Rutland by the owner when it was noticed the vehicle was having issues. The owner was able to determine all but two of the vehicle’s lug nuts had been removed from one wheel and the two remaining lug nuts were damaged, according to the release.

These incidents appear to happen in infrequent intervals and are occurring in different geographic locations. Previous incident were reported in May and June in Volga and earlier in July in the Oakwood Lakes area. Several cases of loosened lug nuts were also reported last in the Volga area last October.

The sheriff’s office is seeking the assistance of all county home and business owners with camera systems to periodically check their recordings, especially at night, for suspicious activity. If activity is observed, call dispatch at 605-692-2113. A deputy will be sent with either a thumb drive or recordable DVD to obtain a copy of the activity. If you’re not familiar with viewing recordings, you’re also encouraged to call the sheriff’s office at 605-696-8300 to schedule a deputy meeting with you who can assist with your specific system.

As a safety precaution, the sheriff’s office is requesting the public ensure the safety of their vehicle prior to entering the roadway, Sebring reported. Tires and fasteners should be checked for damage, wear and tampering. If damage is found which may have been intentional, call dispatch at 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 Crime Stoppers anonymously by visiting www.brookingsareacrimestoppers.com or by calling 605-692-STOP (7867).