Nighttime Front Door Break-ins Worry Sparks Police

SPARKS, NV - Spanish Springs homeowner Kirk Allaire was sitting near his front door at about 10:30 Saturday night.

"All of a sudden it sounded like a car came through my front door," says Allaire. "It was super loud, louder than you'd expect."

Those responsible made no attempt to enter his home. They were running off by the time he got to the front door.

Two other homes nearby were also hit. Again the front door kicked in. Residents were home at the time, the vandals fled immediately.

Security video at one of the homes shows two young men, perhaps 16 to 20 years old, slender builds, dark hair.

Was their purpose a destructive prank or would there have been a different outcome, if one of the homes had been unoccupied?

"I think it was a prank because they had not desire to get into my house," says Allaire.

Sparks police say they can't be sure, but say these cases are unusual.

"Most residential burglaries are done in the day time," says Lt. Peter Krall. "The assumption is that people are not at home so the odds of getting caught are much less."

Either way, the break-ins do raise concerns.

"When people are home you have the possibility of a confrontation between the homeowner and the person trying to get in and that can lead to bad situations," says Krall. "People can get hurt in those instances."

That's why police would like to solve these crimes.

In the meantime, Krall says residents should be aware and keep a close eye on their homes and those of their neighbors.

Secret Witness has posted a $500 reward for information leading to arrest and prosecution. Their number is 322-4900. Callers may remain anonymous while collecting cash rewards.

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