Victim speaks out about string of northeast Reno burglaries

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Updated: 10/09/2013 12:19 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A 17-year-old boy is behind bars in connection with a series of robberies in northeast Reno. Police say he has admitted to three crimes, but there are still several more unsolved.

Last week residents of The Highlands apartment complex contacted News 4, saying there had been six robberies on the property and the management wasn't taking action.

News 4 went to Reno police and investigators asked us to hold the story because they felt news coverage would interfere with their ability to make an arrest.

Now they have one suspect in custody and may be looking for more.

"TVs, gaming systems, computers, backpacks, everything was gone," Trevor said.

He didn't want to appear on camera because he is worried about his safety. His apartment in The Highlands complex was burglarized in September.

It's one of many.

"In the past month we've had 10-12 residential burglaries up in this neighborhood that runs between Valley Road, Sutro Street up to about Enterprise," said Reno Police Department Sergeant Roya Mason. 

Police arrested a 17-year-old boy Monday after a neighbor reported suspicious activity. 

"He'd make entry into these apartments, or these homes, from doors that were left unlocked by the residents," Sgt. Mason said.

Trevor said his neighbor reported a similar instance to The Highlands. 

"He saw people walking around trying to see if they could find some unlocked doorknobs," Trevor said. "So they called the office at The Highlands and told them that it was happening around this building at this time. They didn't do anything, and about an hour later we heard that there was another place that got broken into."

That  person reported a group of teens. Sgt. Mason said the suspect hasn't mentioned other people, but they're investigating.

"We are still looking to see if he is responsible for all of these, or if there [are] other people involved," Sgt. Mason said.

Trevor said property managers won't increase security and aren't responding to many residents' concerns.

American Campus Communities - the company that owns The Highlands - didn't return News 4's calls or emails for comment.

"It kind of makes us feel unsafe that there's people going around in the middle of the day, going into places, and The Highlands doesn't want to prevent it," Trevor said.

Sgt. Mason said you can protect your home by locking doors and windows before you leave, knowing your neighbors and who is supposed to be in your area and reporting suspicious activity.

Reno police are still investigating these crimes. If you have any information, you can call Secret Witness 24-hours a day at 322-4900.
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roseanya - 10/9/2013 11:22 AM
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Homeowners should CHECK THE PATIO DOORS--the locks seem to be locking but they don't always and with a little wear...... You can get a fold-down or other lock at the Home Depot type stores for under $20--two drill holes and presto.
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