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Reno Police Report at Least 16 Area RV Burglaries

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Reno police say there have been at least 16 cases of thieves breaking into RVs.

The burglaries happened both on private property, and at dealerships.

Sierra RV Supercenter on south Virginia Street was burglarized last week, a crime that resulted in a $20,000 loss.

The sales manager tells us, the thieves know what they're doing. "They've been taking a lot of specialty items from inverters to televisions to refrigerators and they've even taken it to a further step stealing tools that are vital to our technicians' functions," says Dave O'Brien.

A1 RV Sales in Sparks experienced a similar break-in. The criminals cut a hole in the roof of the building and got in through the ceiling tiles. They even disabled the security system and cameras before taking TVs, stereos, and other electronics, as well as tools and equipment from the repair shop.

Store owners said the incident has motivated them to beef up their security system.

"There's no way this is ever going to happen again," A1 co-owner Jami Heiskanen said. "It's important that the public and other business owners and families take precautions as we're taking."

Reno police say they don't know yet if the same people are responsible for all the theft.

But dealers tell us it's got to stop. "In our case we've got units that are here on our lot that are unable to be sold, unable to be shown, unable to be driven and that's the issue from the most recent hit," says Leanna Camargo of Sierra RV Supercenter.

We talked to Reno police and they say they're investigating the thefts.

Dealers say the total loss is approaching $400,000.

If you have any information on the thefts, call Secret Witness at 322-4900 or text your tip to 847411. Your call will remain anonymous.

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