Car Burglars Target Fire Neighborhoods

RENO, NV - Travel down the burned areas of Skyline Drive, Pioneer Drive and Dant Boulevard in southwest Reno, who can’t miss insurance adjusters, carpet cleaners, and contactors, But there’s something else going on in the area, that's not so overt—burglaries inside cars and homes. Reno police are warning residents about the latest incidents this past weekend.

Last week Ellen Mann was looking at her shell of a home for the first time.

She told us, she had just lost "stuff" and that she and her husband would rebuild the family home.

She commented on the scammers that she and others in the neighborhood should worry about, those who would pose as contractors and make promises they couldn't keep.

“I wish it were not part of our society but I think it happens all too often,” said Mann.

Signs have popped up all over the neighborhood warning residents to check the credentials of anyone doing repairs on homes in the area,

Now comes another warning and the thieves aren't posing as anything but what they are, -- breaking into cars along the roadways.

Cars loaded with belongings of people who have damaged homes and no place else to put them.

“Basic thought of people stealing from somebody who is already down, almost down, scared, gone…,” says Don Loudon, a Pioneer Drive residint.

Reno police officers say the car burglaries happened last Saturday on Pioneer, Skyline Drive, and Dant Boulevard.

What the burglars didn't want, they just threw away along the roadside,

Police say they were able to retrieve some personal property and are in the process of connecting them with their rightful owners.

Police say cars, even locked cars are not the safest place to keep valuables, but if you have to store them in a car, use the trunk where items will be out of sight.

“You know it’s sad, they are being victimized again in light of what happened to their houses and stuff like that, and we have people who are just preying on the vulnerable and through the opportunities that are there for them,”

Reno Police have asked residents in the area to look for suspicious activity, but residents we talked to say that’s not so easy these days.

There are hundreds of cars they say that have driven through the area since the fire, some taking pictures.

And now builders, contractors, carpet cleaners are in and out of neighborhoods trying bring the neighborhood back from the Caughlin Fire.


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