RENO (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.