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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Vehicle Burglaries/Credit Card Fraud at Trailheads and Parks Washoe County

Secret Witness is offering a reward in the amount of $500.00 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspects wanted in connection with the vehicle burglaries at trailheads and parks in South Reno, Washoe County, NV.

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives are attempting to identify three suspects believed to be behind numerous vehicle burglaries which have occurred at area trailheads and parks in South Reno. From November 25, 2020 to present day there have been nine vehicle burglaries all with the same method of breaking into a vehicle called “door punching.” The suspects stick a tool in the lock on the passenger door, breaking the lock and allowing them access to contents of the vehicle. In these particular cases the suspects remove credit cards directly from purses and/or wallets and leave the purses and wallets behind – sometimes leaving a victim unaware of the theft until the credit card is used fraudulently. In the past ten days alone, the suspects have used credit cards stolen from three vehicles at area big box stores to purchase electronics. Victims’ losses exceed $12,500.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspects. Anyone having information relating to this crime, the suspect vehicle, or the suspects should contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office at 328-3320, Secret Witness at 322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) Keyword – SW.

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