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Tourist hailed for foiling car theft in Reno
by Tribune Staff
Jun 18, 2012 | 1046 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print


RENO (AP) — Reno police are crediting an alert tourist from Minnesota with a law enforcement background for foiling a car theft.

Investigators say the tourist phoned police after chancing upon two suspects as they were trying to steal a Honda sedan Saturday.

Officers were able to catch one suspect, but the second fled on foot.

Police did not identify the tourist, but say he’s director of public safety at a university in St. Paul, Minn., who was in Reno for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators conference.

David Avina was booked into jail on a variety of charges, including attempted grand theft auto and possession of burglary tools.

A search for the second suspect continues.
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