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Washoe County Deputies Investigate Reported Armed Robbery

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Washoe County deputies are investigating a reported armed robbery that happened late Sunday night at a home in Spanish Springs.

The incident happened on the 1700 block of Kinglet. An investigation remains ongoing, but authorities can tell us one suspect is thought to be African-American, the other an unknown race.

Detectives say they have located evidence taken from the victims which was discarded by the suspects. That evidence has been submitted to the Forensic Science Division for examination. Details of the evidence are not being released at this time due to this being an on-going investigation.

At this time the Sheriff’s Office believes this to be an isolated incident, with no similar crimes in the immediate area during the preceding 24 months.

Detectives have canvassed the area and are continuing to seek any information from the public that could help identify the two suspects involved in the robbery. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (775) 328-3320.

Secret Witness is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and prosecution in this case. Callers to Secret Witness remain anonymous. Secret Witness may be reached at (775) 322-4900 or or text your tip to 847411 or go online to www.secretwitness.com

From the Washoe County Sheriff's Office:

Make a Stand Against Home Invasion & Burglary

Any person who forcibly and unlawfully enters your home, whether or not it’s occupied, poses a serious threat to the safety of your family, as well as your property.

There are a number of steps residents can take to help protect themselves. Here are a few simple suggestions that will help deter a potential thief from targeting your home:

    Start by walking around your property looking for possible ways in which an intruder might get in. Check to make sure window latches and door locks are working properly. Keep them closed and locked at all times.
    Keep curtains closed and blinds shut.
    Also look for places near entry points where an intruder might hide and wait for an opportunity to enter through an open door. Ideally, doors should not have large sections of glass that could easily be broken, giving access to an interior door handle or locks.
    Keep the exterior of your property well lit at night. Without the cover of darkness, home invasion becomes much more risky, and less attractive, for a would-be thief.
    Visibly post “No Trespassing” and/or “No Soliciting” signs on your property.
    Stay in communication with your neighbors. Communication among residents provides extra security to your neighborhood. Any information you can share is crucial to law enforcement working to prevent crime in your community.

Before you decide to open your door…

It’s not uncommon for thieves to try to trick someone into becoming a victim. Consider these suggestions before you unlock a door, and remember you are not obligated to open your door for any person who is unknown to you and uninvited to your home:

    If you don’t have peepholes, install and use them.
    Always talk to unknown persons through a locked door.
    Ask for identification and verify by calling the business listed on the identification.
    If you have a cordless or cellular phone, keep it handy to summon help in an emergency.
    If someone claims to be in distress and in need of assistance, tell them you are calling law enforcement to
    respond.
    Teach your children, parents, babysitter and anyone else who may be responsible for opening your door about the
    risks and proper precautions.
    Do NOT open the door until you truly feel it is safe.
    If you feel uncomfortable with a situation, call 911.

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From the Washoe County Sheriff's Office
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