SPARKS, Nev. (MyNews4.com & 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