Crime Spree Continues: 17 Local Businesses Hit In Three Weeks

Four more local businesses have been hit by late night burglars, bringing the total count on a three week crime spree to 17.

Three businesses in a South Meadows Parkway shopping center, Modern Nails, Donut Bistro and a Subway restaurant, were all hit along with Hong Kong restaurant a short distance away.

The latest crimes fit the pattern police have been seeing. The victims are small businesses with visible cash registers, vulnerable and in this economy, least able to bear the loss.

"We're struggling to keep the doors open," says Kelly Luc at Modern Nails Spa. "Now we have to replace stuff.

"They're hitting smaller businesses that leave a little money in the cash register in hopes of getting the next day started and this money's gone now and it's devastating," says Reno Police Sgt. Patrick Dreelan. "We want to make sure we do everything we can to help them out."

The thieves work fast either smashing their way in or in the most recent cases removing the glass in the front door, by passing or ignoring the alarm.

"They're probably getting better at it every time they do it," says Dreelan. "They're getting in real quick and they're getting out before the police can get there."

The thieves target the cash, but have also taken merchandise and other items.

"They took my laptop," says Luc. "It was valuable. You know with a tough economy I'll have to replace it. Because I do a lot of business on there, but that sad thing is my son's photos were on there and it's not replaceable."

What would Luc say to the thieves?

"Shame on you."

Descriptions based on security camera photos remain vague, white males, 5-9 to 6 feet tall, wearing hoodies and blue jeans, with black shoes with white soles, wearing either a black bandana or mask.

That's not much to go on, but police are hopeful someone who knows something will give them a call.

"I know somebody knows who this is and who these guys are," says Dreelan. "This is hurting our economy and our public and these guys need to go to jail."

Secret Witness has posted a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible. Their number is 322-4900. Callers may remain anonymous when giving information or collecting cash rewards.

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