Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Oct 27, 2022 - 3:14PM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Makes Arrest in Series of Burglaries in Spanish Springs

Case Number:
WC 22-888
For media inquiries contact:
Bryan Samudio
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6234
Cell: 775-484-9820

In February 2022, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Unit began investigating a series of burglaries in the Spanish Springs area where many firearms and a large amount of property had been stolen. 

During the investigation, WCSO Detectives identified Robert Earl Anderson as a suspect in the burglaries as well as several other property crimes. 

The investigation determined that in addition to the burglaries, Anderson and co-conspirators were also involved in the sale of controlled substances from his residence on the 5000 block of Dolores Drive in Spanish Springs. 

On October 26, 2022, Detectives were granted a search warrant of Anderson’s residence.  

During a search of the residence, stolen firearms, stolen vehicles and other stolen property was recovered. 

Detectives also determined that the property itself was in a poor state with the backyard completely full of garbage to include multiple vehicles which had been destroyed in a previous fire.

At the conclusion of the investigation Anderson was arrested on the following charges:

- Residential burglary

- Grand Larceny of Firearm x6

- Conspiracy burglary

- Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle x2

- Permit Nuisance

- Possess Firearm by Prohibited Person x2

- Possession of Controlled Substance

- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia x2        

- Keep place where Stolen Property Concealed

- Child Abuse or Neglect x4

The lengthy investigation was conducted by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Unit, The Regional Crime Suppression Unit and the Regional Narcotics Unit.

If you have any information about this series of burglaries, you are asked to call the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Unit at (775) 328-3320, refer to case #WC 22-888.


Robert Earl Anderson


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.


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