On January 3, 2018, Detectives with the Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program (ROP) conducted surveillance on Keith Sullivan. Sullivan is a repeat offender with substantial criminal history. Detectives observed Sullivan driving a 2014 Ford F150. Detectives were able to confirm the Ford was stolen from Reno GMC/Cadillac. Detectives attempted to arrest Sullivan while he slept in the vehicle in the parking lot of Picket Park. As Detectives moved in to make the arrest, Sullivan woke up, jumped in the driver's seat, and attempted to ram his way through police vehicles. Sullivan fled from the truck and was arrested after a short foot pursuit.
Detectives located a substantial amount of stolen property in the bed of the truck. After additional follow-up, detectives learned Sullivan used the stolen vehicle to burglarize the Renown Children's Cancer Research Center. Detectives located video that showed Sullivan obtained a Renown shirt and broke into the building while it was closed on New Year's Day. Sullivan used waste baskets to load property into the stolen vehicle.
Detectives were also able to confirm Sullivan was responsible for the original theft of the Ford F150 from the Reno GMC/Cadillac lot on December 29, 2017.
Sullivan was booked for Burglary, GTA, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Property, Attempted Eluding, and Obstructing an Officer. ROP Detectives will be working with prosecutors to potentially charge Sullivan with a Habitual Offender enhancement.
ROP is a regional unit comprised of Detectives from the Sparks Police Department, Reno Police Department, and Washoe County Sheriff's Office. ROP monitors the activities of career criminals in Washoe County and works closely with the Washoe County District Attorney's Office in an effort to obtain enhanced sentences.