Man arrested after Halloween car burglary

A foiled vehicle burglary in a South Carson City parking lot resulted in the arrest Tuesday of a Carson City man on charges of burglary, stolen property possession and obtaining money under false pretenses.

Douglas W. Wykoff, 38, was arrested in the Mervyn's parking lot at 10:30 a.m., shortly after he was spotted by the victim walking away from the victim's burglarized car, reports state.

When deputies spoke to the victim in the Wal-Mart parking lot, he said he saw Wykoff's van driving away. The victim reported more than $500 worth of clothes missing from the car.

A Mervyn's security guard tipped off police to the man's whereabouts, reporting that someone had fraudulently returned the stolen clothing and had received vouchers for other store purchases. When Wykoff was arrested, he was wearing new clothes, reports indicate. A store videotape reportedly shows him conducting the transactions.

Two unidentified men, seen on the video, are being sought for their parts in the alleged crime. Wykoff's van was processed for information that may help identify the men.

Wykoff was taken into custody without incident after deputies waited outside his van. He was held in lieu of $25,000 bail and charged with three felony crimes. A search of the van reportedly revealed a hypodermic needle, with which he was charged with possessing drug paraphernalia.


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