Boys arrested, suspects in a slew of home burglaries

Two juveniles were arrested Tuesday afternoon in a series of burglaries in an East Carson City neighborhood.

Sheriff's Lt. Bob White said at least eight homes in the neighborhood between Empire Ranch Golf Course and Fairview Drive have reported burglaries since Jan. 7.

On Sunday afternoon, a man on Lepire Drive reported at 2:12 p.m. that he came home and found three juveniles in his house.

The man chased the suspects, but lost sight of them near Village Drive. At least two homes were burglarized on Lepire Drive, according to police reports.

On Tuesday at 3 p.m. a homeowner on Morgan Mill Road reported that two juveniles who had come to the house a week ago and asked for someone who did not live there, came back and asked for a different person.

White said officers contacted the two juveniles - the youngest being about 12 years old and one of them reported as a runaway - and found watches in one of their pockets.

A further search of one of the boy's home recovered laptops and cameras and other items that had been reported stolen from the burglaries on Lepire Drive, Walker Drive, Sundance Court, Empire Ranch Road, Gregg Street and Quinn Drive, according to White.

"We've had a rash of these burgs where they go up and knock on the door and if nobody answers they go through a side door or garage windows and take laptops, cameras, some jewelry, watches, cash, - stuff that's easy to carry," said White.

He said if someone did answer, the boys would ask for someone who didn't live there, or ask the homeowner if they were religious.

White said evidence found at the homes that were burglarized, including footprints in the snow, indicated the break-ins were all connected.

Two more burglaries, reported Tuesday on Tenaya Drive, also had similar signs of entry through small windows and footprints, he said.

White said anyone who may have fallen victim to this rash of burglaries and has not yet reported it, is asked to call the Carson City Sheriff's Department at 887-2020 ext. 41400.

• Contact reporter F.T. Norton at ftnorton@nevadaappeal.com or 881-1213.

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