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Updated: 1/09/2014 5:38 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Two inmates are still on the loose after walking away from a work detail Wednesday afternoon. They disappeared in the near Interstate 80 and Robb Drive.

Some residents and businesses say they were never notified and would have liked to have had some warning. They were never told about the inmates' disappearance near their backyards.

Dustin Cotiero and Corey Gomez were both serving time at the Steward Conservation Camp in Carson City. Cottier was doing time for Attempted Burglary, and Gomez had a conviction for Burglary and Resisting Arrest Using a Weapon Against an Officer.

They walked away from a work assignment with the Nevada Division of Forestry. Pete Anderson said these are minimal flight risk inmates. "These are non-violent offenders that are close to release."

Anderson says supervisors overseeing the 12-man crews do not even carry a gun. "If an inmate makes a decision to leave, they leave and then we report it to law enforcement."

Many of the area's residents we spoke with said they found out through the news and they would have liked to have been told. Michelle Motarjemi is the owner of Hair It Is. "I don't know anything about it. We just heard it in the news today."

Resident Rachel Tricoli said, "I have three little girls and anytime somebody is running around the neighborhood and you don't know what's going on, it's going to worry us." Laura Garcia said she heard about it on Facebook. "I have a family I want to keep safe."

Burger Me Owner Jordan Spenella said, "If authorities would come and let businesses like ours know, especially being so close, it's kind of scary."

We spoke with the Nevada Division of Corrections, and they said they have no reason to believe the inmates have left the area. They are also investigating whether the two had an accomplice.
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retired51 - 1/10/2014 4:10 PM
0 Votes really need to get a life!!!!

Kramer - 1/10/2014 3:02 PM
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let's elect Joe the "czar" of all things not covered by secret witless news

getinvolved - 1/10/2014 12:08 PM
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Concerning the posts of fellow citizens not being informed of the event, "AlertID" is a great tool to have and use. A registered user can receive timely information for many events that pose a threat to the local community. I am a member and received an alert regarding this event on my iPhone® that evening. Our home is near the location of the event and the alert gave me an opportunity to be aware f the potential threat.

Jordy - 1/10/2014 12:38 AM
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These minimal flight risk, non violent, close to release prisoners just became fugitives on the run. And fugitives on the run will do whatever it takes to survive including violence. They just up the ante and became dangerous and everyone in the immediate area should have been notified ASAP. Why take ANY chances.

NWrenoresident - 1/9/2014 7:00 PM
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So basically if you're an inmate you should just walk away. Apparently no one will stop you and by the time law enforcement officers arrive, you _could be halfway to committing your next crime. Awesome.

retired51 - 1/9/2014 6:17 PM
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Pete Anderson is an idiot! There are inmates at conservation camps with violent offenses! " Gomez had a conviction for Burglary and Resisting Arrest Using a Weapon Against an Officer." This is considered a violent offense! I know I worked for NDOC for 26 yrs. Ask Joe Hart to ask the Director of Corrections if their are violent inmates at conservation camps!!

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