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Help ID suspect in an attempted vehicle burglary
by Tribune Staff
Mar 29, 2011 | 971 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPARKS — One day after releasing this month’s Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Community Partnership Connection Newsletter, which describes “How You Can Prevent from Being Burglarized,” a local resident with a home video security system caught a potential burglar in the act.

On Saturday at about 1:45 a.m. in the 6800 block of Sunkist Drive, a home video security system recorded an adult male with long black hair wearing a long-sleeve denim shirt and denim pants walking on the street. The man in the video turned toward a vehicle parked in a driveway and glanced inside. As the male subject looked into the vehicle, he attempted to open the door. Once he determined that the door was locked, he moved onto another vehicle, which was parked on the street and out of video range.

The sheriff’s office is asking the public to help identify this person. Anyone with information can call 328-3320 or remain anonymous by calling Secret Witness at 322-4900.

Vehicle burglaries rise in warmer months. People can easily reduce the risk of their vehicle being burglarized by following these suggestions.

• Lock your doors and roll up your windows — Most recorded auto burglaries are because of unlocked doors. Criminals are opportunistic and are always looking for an easy target such as an unlocked car. A common criminal tactic is to casually walk through parking lots simply pulling on car handles to see which are unlocked.

• Don’t leave valuables in the car — If possible remove all valuables and all resemblance of valuables from your vehicle when you exit.

• Hide or lock valuables away — Place all items out of plain view before finding a parking space. Lock items in areas such as a glove box or trunk instead of throwing the item under a seat or under a jacket. Plan shopping trips so bags full of valuables aren’t left in the car.

• Don’t make criminals curious — Avoid using towels or blankets to cover valuable items. This can sometime pique a criminal’s interest as to what is underneath the blanket.

• Set a car alarm if you have one — Criminals like to stay under the radar.

• Park in well-lit areas.

Anyone interested in receiving the sheriff’s office monthly newsletter can send a request to sheriffcommunityrelations@washoecounty.us.
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