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Police Ask for Assistance Locating Stolen 'Toys for Tots' Trailer

(RENO, Nev.) -- Reno police called Thursday for public assistance in locating a Toys for Tots trailer stolen from the Marine Corps League earlier this week.

According to the Reno Police Department, the trailer had been locked up, but the lock had been snapped. The trailer contained "numerous historical military uniform and uniform items that are very hard to replace," the RPD said, among them an Order of the Purple Heart display. It also held toys meant for local needy children.

The trailer is about four-feet by six-feet and about 30 inches in diameter, police say. It has Marine Corps decals on the sides and rear door and had the Nevada trailer plate BB672 when it was stolen.

Anyone with information on the trailer's whereabouts or the suspects who took it are asked to call (775) 334-2140.

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Stateline Man Arrested for Approaching Young Girls in Reno

(RENO, Nev.) -- Police arrested a 58-year-old Stateline man accused of approaching minors in the Reno area.

Officials nabbed Jose Manuel Rosas-Rojas on Wednesday in response to several reported cases involving a suspicious man in South Reno. The suspect allegedly approached girls as young as 8 years old.

A total of four victims reported incidents allegedly linked to Rosas-Rojas.

He was arrested for one gross misdemeanor count of unlawful contact with a minor.

Authorities are asking parents in South Reno to speak with their children about any suspicious encounters with individuals.

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Two Men Arrested in Wire Theft Case 

(RENO, Nev.) -- Washoe County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested two men in connection to the attempted theft of approximately 8,000 feet of copper wire Monday.

Authorities nabbed the suspects alongside the Union Pacific Railroad Company tracks east of Gerlach after reports that the men were trying to steal wiring from nearby poles.

Deputies spotted the suspect vehicle and attempted to make a stop, during which the car sped away from the scene.

Ellis Byron Baldwin, 53, and Brian Ferris, 57, both of Salt Lake City, Utah, face charges including grand larceny, theft of scrap metal, and possession of stolen property.

The company told police of a number of wire thefts in the area from the past six months, according to officials.

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Man Wanted in Kietzke Lane Armed Robbery

(RENO, Nev.) -- Reno Police are on the lookout for a man wanted in connection to an armed robbery.

Officials said the suspect entered a Kietzke Lane store with a handgun, demanding that the clerk give him cash from the register.

Authorities did not confirm the total loss from the incident.

The suspect is described as a white man, standing 5'10" to 6'0",  with a thin build. He was wearing a Giants hat, green flannel shirt, black T-shirt, blue jeans, and black shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact law enforcement at 775-334-2175.

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Seven Men Cited in Downtown Prostitution Sting 

(RENO, Nev.) -- Reno Police issued citations for seven men as part of a downtown prostitution sting targeting customers, officials announced Friday.

The men, including one California resident, ranged in age from 33 to 75 years old.

The alleged offenders solicited an undercover officer for sex in exchange for money during the six-hour operation.

Each individual faces a $500 fine.

Washoe County Health Department officials performed a statute mandated HIV test for each subject cited.

"The Regional Street Enforcement Team would like to remind residents and visitors to our community that all forms of prostitution are illegal in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County. Prostitution, outside of a licensed brothel, is illegal everywhere in Nevada," officials said in a statement.

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