RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- If you live in northwest Reno or Stead, you may have heard about a recent rash of vehicle and home burglaries.
As temperatures rise, these kinds of crimes increase. While the men responsible for a handful of the latest burglaries have been arrested, Reno police have said there are likely others involved and you should still be taking measures to protect your home and vehicle.
19-year-old Jonathon Devencenzi and 18-year-old Quentin Russell are behind bars after being arrested in connection with several vehicle and residential burglaries in northwest Reno and Stead. "Right now, they've been charged with at least three counts of burglary," said Reno Police Officer Tim Broadway. "They've admitted to quite a few more."
Broadway said the crime suppression team tracked the suspects to a residence on Fleetwood Drive in Lemmon Valley. There, they found stolen IDs, laptops, cameras and even two firearms that were linked to more burglaries in Washoe County.
"There are possibly other people that were involved," Broadway said. "That's what they're following up on today and hopefully we'll have some more arrests soon."
Broadway said he hopes this reminds people to protect their property. "Don't make yourself the victim, the easy target. If you're going to leave valuables inside your vehicle, first, we recommend you don't. But if you have to, if you absolutely have to, hide them. Have a lock box. Put things under the seat. Don't leave something visible so that way somebody can make it an easy grab."
The same goes for your house: don't make it obvious you are not home. "If you're going to leave your residence and you're going to be home after dark, leave lights on," Broadway said. "Leave a TV on. Leave a radio on. Make it appear like someone is inside the house."
Also know your neighbors, and if you see something suspicious report it immediately. "If they see strangers in the area at night, groups of two or three walking around looking at cars, that's obviously suspicious," Broadway said. "Call 911. Get the police out there."
The investigation is ongoing and police want your help. So if you have seen anything suspicious, or have any information about recent burglaries or potential suspects, you can call Secret Witness anonymously 24-hours a day at 775-322-4900.