Man arrested for truck theft and burglarizing cancer center

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RENO, NV (KOLO) - A repeat offender has been arrested and charged after being found in a stolen truck.

January 3, 2018, detectives with the Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program were conducting surveillance on Keith Sullivan, a repeat offender with substantial criminal history, according to police. Detectives saw Sullivan driving a 2014 Ford F150 that had been stolen from Reno GMC/Cadillac.

Detectives say they tried to arrest Sullivan while he slept in the truck in the parking lot of Pickett Park in Reno. Detectives say as they moved in to make the arrest, Sullivan woke up, jumped in the driver's seat, and tried to ram his way through police vehicles. Sullivan ran from the truck and was arrested after a short foot chase.

Detectives found stolen property in the bed of the truck, and after additional follow-up, determined Sullivan had used the truck to burglarize the Renown Children's Cancer Research Center. Detectives found video showing Sullivan obtained a Renown shirt and broke into the building while it was closed on New Year's Day. Sullivan is accused of using waste baskets to load property into the stolen truck.

Detectives say they also confirmed Sullivan was responsible for the original theft of the Ford F150 from the Reno GMC/Cadillac lot December 29, 2017.

Sullivan was booked for Burglary, Grand Theft Auto, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Property, Attempted Eluding, and Obstructing an Officer. ROP detectives will work with prosecutors to potentially charge Sullivan with a Habitual Offender enhancement.

The Repeat Offender Program is a regional unit comprised of detectives from the Sparks Police Department, Reno Police Department, and Washoe County Sheriff's Office. It monitors the activities of career criminals in Washoe County and works closely with the Washoe County District Attorney's Office in an effort to obtain enhanced sentences.

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