For Immediate Release
PR #:1900133
Date Issued:Dec 18, 2019 - 9:25am

Sheriff's Office asks for help identifying suspects in vehicle burglary/credit card fraud investigation

CONTACT:Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are asking for the public’s help with identifying suspects in an ongoing vehicle burglary and credit card fraud investigation.

A driver’s license and credit card were stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on Gremlin Way in Lemmon Valley sometime between 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, and 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

The credit card was then used at the North Valleys Walmart on Vista Knoll Parkway. Someone also attempted to use the card at the south Reno Walmart on Kietzke Lane.

Detectives were able to obtain surveillance photos of two possible suspects from the stores and are asking the public for any information that may help to identify and locate them. Surveillance photos are attached to this press release.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. Refer to case WC19-50690.

Vehicle burglaries are crimes of opportunity and criminals continue to look for opportunities in our region. The Sheriff’s Office offers the following tips that may help to take away that opportunity and prevent someone from becoming a victim:

  • Lock the doors! Still one of the most common issues with vehicle burglaries
  • Don’t leave valuables in the car. If you don’t need to take valuables with you for an outing, leave them safely at home. If valuables must be left in a vehicle, be sure to lock them in the trunk or glove compartment not under jackets or blankets behind the seat as that is one of the first places criminals look
  • Leave no trace. Don't leave any sign that there might be valuables hidden in a vehicle by leaving items such as docking stations or connector cables visible. Leave nothing in plain sight that might make the vehicle a target for thieves, not even loose coins
  • Be sure to set the car alarm or anti-theft devices. These are still effective deterrents against criminals who are looking for the easiest target
  • Keep windows completely closed. Partially open windows may make your vehicle an easier target for thieves

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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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