RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Detectives from the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Special Operations and Investigations Division are investigating a series of vehicle burglaries that happened in the Galena area during the first few weeks of August.
The majority of the burglaries reported so far have occurred in the residential areas 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 Highway near Galena High School.
Over the weekend, Sheriff’s Detectives arrested several juveniles believed to be responsible for a number of vehicle burglaries in the area but believe there have been additional vehicle burglaries during the last couple of weeks and are looking for more information from the public.
Anyone who has been the victim of a recent vehicle burglary in the Galena area, or who may have information related to this investigation, is asked to contact Detective Dave Frankel at (775) 328-3326 or Secret Witness at: 775-322-4900, www.secretwitness.com, or text a Secret Witness tip to 847-411 keyword - SW. Secret Witness is offering a $500 reward for information in these burglaries.
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