Two women arrested for burglary

Julia Ann Soukup (left) and Melissa Kay Davis
Julia Ann Soukup (left) and Melissa Kay Davis
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Updated: 3/07/2014 11:20 pm
SPARKS, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Two women were arrested on burglary charges after an alert neighbor reported suspicious activity at a vacant house on Shadow Lane.

According to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrested Julia Ann Soukup, 52, and Melissa Kay Davis, 46, at a house in the 7600-block of Shadow Lane. Upon further investigation, deputies determined that the women were in the process of trying to cut and remove copper pipes from the house. Both women were taken into custody and booked into the Washoe County Detention Facility on Thursday.

“This is a perfect example of the Sheriff’s Office ongoing partnership with our community in action,” Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Bob Harmon said. “A burglary was stopped and two suspects taken into custody, because a citizen did the right thing and contacted law enforcement when he saw something suspicious taking place in their neighborhood.”

Metal thieves commonly target remote or unoccupied locations and attempt their crimes at times when homeowners are away from home. Residents are asked to stay alert and report suspicious activity to law enforcement.

The following tips from the Staying Safe page of the Washoe County Sheriff's website will help protect against metal theft:
  • Secure foundation openings in the crawl space of your house with a good hasp and padlock
  • If possible, build a small chain link fence or cage enclosures around the outside portions of your commercial fixtures, heating and cooling systems
  • Don’t store scrap metals outside, or within view
  • Contact local law enforcement if you see any suspicious activity
  • Check your business and residential properties regularly
  • Keep a close eye on your irrigation systems and on vacant homes and businesses in your neighborhood
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celena472 - 3/10/2014 11:52 AM
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BR549 - 3/9/2014 2:45 PM
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Nothing wrong with a little shooting,as long as the right people get shot.

Nevadadad - 3/8/2014 12:45 PM
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What the heck are you people talking about? This is not a situation like the one where the squatters were shot by the homeowner. Here, the house was vacant and the suspects were pilfering copper from the house. The witness called the police and everything went as it should have. But nobody was threatened, and there was no confrontation between homeowner and criminal. In the squatter incident, first of all we don't know all the facts. Secondly you people who have already judged the homeowner/shooter the bad guy are dumber than you think. You probably should never serve on a jury, and you almost certainly were never the victim of a crime. Your opinions are fine, but don't condemn someone if you don't know the whole story.

Kramer - 3/8/2014 11:06 AM
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nub-gunnings needs some counseling, maybe a muzzle or at least Lighten Up. vigilantes don't help, Y? Bcause in most places people will call the cops, here we have to be commended and reminded by a 'spokesman'. Too many hostile and paranoids here

nubgnngs42 - 3/8/2014 10:28 AM
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nv89436 obviously you haven't been to court lately. It's a revolving door of, not guilty plea, the DA makes a deal for them not to do it again for a lessen charge, probation, suspended fine, and a few hours of community service. Then when they show up again in court for doing it again, the revolving door starts all over again. The victim gets no compensation and is left holding the bag for all the damages, and pain and suffering of the crime itself. Let alone being VICTIMIZED by both the criminal and the court system. "Gunned down"? Won't do that one again will they, and besides you weren't there to see someone attack you as you walk into your own home or property.

nv89436 - 3/8/2014 6:39 AM
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See what happens when you call the police instead of a trigger happy home owner? People are arrested for their crimes, then prosecuted by the courts, not gunned down by one guy who feels he is judge jury and executioner.

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