Sheriff's Office

For Immediate Release

PR #: 2000136
Date Issued: Oct 06, 2020 - 11:19am

Washoe County Sheriff's Office asks for help identifying suspects in vehicle burglaries along Mt. Rose Highway at Sheep Flat

CASE #: WC20-3936, WC20-3937, WC20-3938, WC20-3940
CONTACT: Sarah Johns
911 Parr Blvd
Reno, NV. 89512
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help with identifying vehicle burglary suspects who broke into multiple vehicles along Mt. Rose Highway at Sheep Flat.

Deputies were able to obtain surveillance video of two suspects driving up to one of the vehicles which was parked along the Tahoe Meadows, as an uninvolved vehicle nearby was equipped with motion activated cameras. The video shows a male getting out of the passenger side of a newer, silver four-door Chevy sedan, likely an Impala. The man scopes out the contents of the victim vehicle and then returns to the suspect car. At which time, the female driver gets out of the car, surveys the contents of the victim vehicle, and returns to the suspect car. The man can then be seen surreptitiously breaking the victim vehicle's window, reaching in, and removing bags from inside. Surveillance video shows the duo moving to the north side of the highway to burglarize vehicles parked in the Lake Tahoe Watershed parking lot.

Deputies suspect this pair in four different vehicle burglary cases which all took place September 18, 2020. The suspects stole a Louis Vuitton purse and wallet, identifications, credit cards, Ugg boots and sweater, Ovvo sunglasses, an Apple Mini iPad, and numerous items of clothing. One of the victims' credit cards was used at a Walmart in Carson City shortly after the burglary.

Surveillance video of the suspect can be accessed here on our YouTube channel.

The Sheriff's Office reminds residents of these suggested prevention tips:

  • Don't leave valuables in the car. If you don't need to take valuables with you for an outing, leave them safely at home. If valuables must be left in a vehicle, be sure to lock them in the trunk or glove compartment not under jackets or blankets behind the seat as that is one of the first places criminals look
  • Leave no trace. Don't leave any sign that there might be valuables hidden in a vehicle by leaving items such as docking stations or connector cables visible. Leave nothing in plain sight that might make the vehicle a target for thieves, not even loose coins
  • Be sure to set the car alarm or anti-theft devices. These are still effective deterrents against criminals who are looking for the easiest target
  • Keep windows completely closed. Partially open windows may make your vehicle an easier target for thieves
  • Lock the door when leaving the car. Still one of the most common issues with vehicle burglaries

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff's Office non-emergency line at (775) 785-WCSO or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. Refer to case WC20-3936/3937/3938/3940. You may also file an online report by going to or downloading our mobile app.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.