RENO – Reno Police officers arrested Lee Fairchild, 33, on Wednesday after committing a daytime burglary in the northwest area of Reno. Fairchild was found with burglary tools and marijuana and was booked on charges of residential burglary, possession of burglary tools and possession of marijuana.
The Reno Police Department responded at about 2:45 p.m. to the 6700 block of Chesterfield Lane on the report of a residential burglary that just occurred. A neighbor who had witnessed the suspect break down the front door of the victim’s residence reported the action and saw Fairchild later leave the area with stolen items. The alert neighbor grabbed his cell phone and began following the suspect out of the area, while calling 911. Officers responded and arrested the suspect, who was still in possession of the stolen items.
Officers determined that the suspect had knocked on the door, and after getting no answer, he used his shoulder to break in the front door. The suspect entered the home, and took smaller items that he could conceal. The suspect was interviewed by officers, and admitted to breaking into the home, because he was homeless and desperate.
Homeowners are reminded that these types of burglaries do occur during daytime hours, and almost always the suspect knocks on the door to determine if anyone is home. If they get an answer, then they will use some false story as to why they are there. This could include “I’m looking for my friend,” or possibly asking to complete home repair or curb painting. Though nothing can prevent this from happening, you can always take certain steps to help you from being a victim. Home alarms and larger dogs are always a good deterrent. Other ways can include leaving a radio on, and ensuring you and your neighbors look out for each other. If you observe anyone suspicious in your neighborhood, or have a person knock on your door for no valid reason, please call the Reno Police Department.