Sheriff's Office

PR #:
2021-22
Date Issued:
Feb 17, 2021 - 4:46PM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives investigating numerous vehicle burglaries

Case Number:
WC21-658, WC21-50190
Contact:
Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

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.

Detectives want to remind members of the community to never leave valuables behind in your vehicle. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at (775) 785-WCSO or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. Refer to cases WC21-658 and WC21-50190.

Photo 1: surveillance photo of suspects
Photo 2: surveillance photo of suspects
Photo 3: example of door punch
Photo 4: example of door punch
Photo 5: surveillance photo of suspect vehicle

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The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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