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Arrests Made in Series of Burglaries

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The Reno Police Department has arrested two juveniles they say are responsible for a string of burglaries in the Silver Lake and Stead areas. 

The arrests were made after police say a resident saw them trying to break into a neighbor's house and called the police.

"I think these kids are responsible for a number of burglaries, in the area, and we're trying to put those cases together," Lieutenant Mohammad Rafaqat said.

Rafaqat says they have also arrested another suspect, in some unrelated burglaries, after they found him with stolen property.

"Recovered some property that was related to some other related burglaries and we had to put those cases together, as well, to see what other burglaries that person might be responsible for," Rafaqat said.

In one case, police say they found a stolen gun.

They say these burglars would break into people's houses when they weren't home, stealing electronics and other items that are easy to carry.

"A lot of times, they've been kicking the doors in or they've been knocking on the door to see if anybody is home and try to find an open door, an open window," Rafaqat said.

With Thanksgiving coming up, police say burglars could be on the lookout for easy targets, as people head out of town for the holiday.

"Our criminals and crooks and people that want to steal from others are always looking for opportunities," Rafaqat said.

Alarm systems are good tools to prevent home invasions but there are also some simple common sense precautions you can take to protect yourself, when you're not home.

"Just make sure the windows, the doors are secure," Rafaqat said. "The lighting is on. Just give the illusion of the residence being occupied. Network with your neighbors. Let them know you're going to be gone and then do the same thing for them if they're going to be gone."

Police say they really start to pay attention when a series of crimes, like these, start to develop.

Then they can focus their efforts more, and hopefully arrest the ones that are responsible.

Written by Paul Nelson
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