RENO, NV -- Reno police are on the hunt for a band of burglars who spent the night busting in windows and stealing valuables from cars.
It was about 2am Tuesday when a casino worker stumbled upon the burglars inside the Circus Circus employee parking lot. They had hit five cars, but the burglaries continued across town where another thirteen vehicles were hit.
$400 is what Aimee Boganski had to cough up Tuesday morning to fix her shattered window.
"It was something big and they just struck it because what I found is there was glass everywhere inside," said Aimee.
Burglars struck Aimee's car and four others at Circus Circus.
"Complete loss of security, it's just, what are you supposed to do?" asked Aimee.
She thought the relatively inexpensive items inside her car would not attract a burglar.
"I had a stack of Styrofoam cups, a bookmark, a stuffed animal," said Aimee.
But she did not consider the 150-dollar after-market radio in her dash.
"They cracked it in under here, they ripped, and then they just started pulling out my radio," said Aimee.
Burglaries also happened at Lake View apartments behind the Peppermill Casino. 13 cars were ransacked as thieves stole anything they could find, often going through glove-boxes, searching for valuables owners thought they had properly hidden.
Reno police tell us the burglaries are still under investigation, but there could be some leads. Witnesses say the thieves escaped in a white Bronco, and their license plate may have been caught on security cameras.
"I hope they get them," said Aimee, who's sentiment is no doubt echoed by the other victims whose mornings got off to a bad start.
An unfortunate result of this situation: most people cannot turn to insurance for help fronting the costs of window repairs, because the deductible is often higher than the cost of a new window.