St. Paul tourist hailed for foiling car theft in Reno

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: June 17, 2012 - 9:26 PM

RENO, Nev. - 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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