Home burglary victim searches for answers

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Updated: 4/18/2013 12:01 am
Reno, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A resident in the Midtown District is searching for answers after his home was burglarized back in November of 2012, nearly five months ago.

The Midtown District has been dubbed the heart of the Biggest Little City after a major revamping effort by local business owners, but some residents are concerned about crime in the area.  

Glen Morris' home was burglarized on November 29th of 2012. Today, April 17th, 2013, Morris is still looking for answers.

Morris came home that day to find his home completely ransacked, "I've been in Reno 23 years and never had anything like this happen. They went through pretty much everything." 

Morris believes the burglar or burglars were watching and waiting for the right time, which turned out to be in broad day light, while Morris was working just one block away from his home, "I wish people would pay more attention, as you can see I have neighbors on all four sides of me and nobody seen nothin'."

In late January Morris' laptop was recovered at the Super Pawn Shop in Downtown Reno, still the only belonging to be found since the burglary in November.

Morris was able to find out the name that was used to pawn his stolen laptop and even linked that name to burglary charges in the past after paying for an online background check.

Morris says he and Reno detectives discovered three different addresses for the man, all of which were just blocks from Morris' home, but he says detectives aren't doing much with that information, "The detective says they've been by there a few times and looked into his windows and he never seems to be home that's about as much as they've been able to do so far."

News Four spoke to Reno Lieutenant Mohammad Rafaqat who oversees the Reno Detective Division. Rafaqat says the detective assigned to the case went to the Pawn Shop clerk with a photo line up, the clerk then had to identify who came in with the stolen laptop.

Lieutenant Rafaqat says the clerk identified the wrong two people on the photo line up, so they don't have the identity of the person who actually came in and pawned that property.

I asked if the Pawn Shop had surveillance video of the people who are turning things in, Rafaqat said, "They do and I do not know in this particular case what efforts were made to get that."

I contacted the Pawn Shop to confirm that they do indeed have surveillance videos, however, the employees weren't allowed to tell me how far back the video can be retrieved. In this case, the video would have to go all the way back to December 16th, four months to be exact.

Morris is a huge New Orleans Saints fan and had multiple pieces of memorabilia autographed... a lifetime of collectibles gone. The burglars also stole two televisions, a laptop, jewelry and anything else they could find.

Morris immediately called Reno Police to report the burglary, he says they process hasn't been easy, "Later that evening they came to file the report, and I just waited patiently and nothing happened, nothing at all."

Lieutenant Rafaqat says at this point the case is at a stand still, since the identity used to pawn the laptop was the only lead in the case.
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brookesrook - 4/18/2013 5:07 AM
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We need to beef up neighborhood watch and encourage community involvement with neighborhood events that get us involved with one another. I just moved into the neighborhood and have seen lots of things that lead me to believe I need to be on guard.
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