Minnesota Tourist hailed for foiling car theft in Reno

Minnesota Tourist hailed for foiling car theft in Reno Click to Enlarge Photo:

Jun 18, 2012 at 6:32 am

RENO, NV (AP)- Reno police are crediting an alert tourist from Minnesota with a law enforcement background for foiling a car theft.
Investigators say the tourist phoned police after chancing upon two suspects as they were trying to steal a Honda sedan Saturday.
Officers were able to catch one suspect, but the second fled on foot.
Police did not identify the tourist, but say he's director of public safety at a university in St. Paul, Minn., who was in Reno for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators conference.
David Avina was booked into jail on a variety of charges, including attempted grand theft auto and possession of burglary tools.
A search for the second suspect continues.


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