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Washoe County Deputies Seek Car Burglary Suspects

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The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is looking for whoever is responsible for burglarizing cars in the Galena area starting in early August.

The Sheriff's Office says most of the reported burglaries have occurred just north of Mt. Rose Highway, from Wedge Parkway west into the Saddlehorn Drive area and in the Rolling Hills area on the south side of Mt. Rose near Galena High School.

Over the weekend, detectives arrested several juveniles who are believed to be responsible for some of the burglaries, but they are looking for several more people may be responsible for more burglaries.

If you know anything that can help detectives, call the Washoe County Sheriff's Office at 328-3326. You can also call Secret Witness at 322-4900 or text your tip to 847411. Your call will remain anonymous.

Deputies say this case should serve as a reminder to drivers to lock their cars when not in use.

The Sheriff's Office also advises against trying to hide purses, wallets or other valuables after parking a vehicle. If potential thieves are watching the parking lot, which is always a possibility, they'll know that something valuable is in the vehicle and exactly where it is hidden.
  
An overview of common vehicle burglary prevention tips include:
•Lock the door when leaving the car. Still one of the most common issues with vehicle burglaries
•Don't leave valuables in the car. 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
• If you need to leave valuable items in a vehicle, place them out of sight before reaching your destination
•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 or a CD.
•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

Anyone who is a victim of a vehicle burglary, or observes suspicious activity, is urged to contact the appropriate authorities as soon as possible. 

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