Transient burglary halted |

Transient burglary halted

by Andy Bourelle, Staff Writer

After leading police on a foot pursuit Friday, an 18-year-old transient man was arrested for allegedly trying to burglarize his parents’ home.

Douglas County sheriff’s officers arrested Donald Wayne Wilson, Jr., whose parents live in Gardnerville, Friday upon suspicion of committing felony crimes of burglary, attempted grand theft auto and intimidating a witness as well as resisting a public officer, a misdemeanor.

Police responded to a report of a burglary in progress at Wilson’s parents’ home Friday afternoon. The parents came home to find a door open, one of their automobiles moved and partially loaded with the family’s belongings, according to police reports.

The parents called police and, at the scene, informed officers they suspected their son, who had an extensive criminal record as a juvenile. The parents said Wilson had spent time at China Spring Youth Camp for burglarizing a neighbor’s home, according to police record. Earlier in the year, Wilson had been in detention in Reno but was released when he turned 18 on March 7.

Wilson was reportedly arrested again in Reno on March 16 for uttering a forged instrument and escape. At the time of Friday’s break-in, his parents believed he was in Washoe County jail but later found he had been released on his own recognizance April 21.

Wilson was located near the residence and led police on a pursuit through nearby fields. Deputies located him hiding in a clump of trees and arrested him at gunpoint. They found items in Wilson’s jacket which belonged to his family.

The allegation of intimidating a witness came later when Wilson was in custody. He called his parents collect from Douglas County Jail and told them “they were dead, that he would get them,” according to police record.

Wilson is in custody, with bail set at $55,000.

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