|Date Issued:||Mar 27, 2019 - 2:38pm|
Sheriff's Office arrests third suspect in wire theft investigation, fourth suspect still outstanding
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a third suspect in the ongoing investigation of a rash of copper wire thefts from power poles in the north valleys. Detectives continue to search for a fourth suspect.
Walter Vernon Higgins was arrested by deputies on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Higgins was booked on two charges of Grand Larceny and a Destruction of Property charge.
Detectives are now asking for any information about the whereabouts of a fourth suspect, identified as Nicholas Hodgerney. Hodgerney lives in the north valleys area and is described as a white male adult, five feet 11 inches tall, 190 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information that could assist investigators with locating Hodgerney is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at (775) 328-3320 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. Refer to case number WC19-1423.
The investigation began on March 5, 2019 when a Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy noted damage to utility poles along the dirt extension of N. Virginia Street between North Red Rock Road and White Lake Parkway. Evidence showed that wires on these poles had been intentionally cut.
Similar damage was discovered on utility poles in the same area on March 7. On March 15, similar damage was discovered on utility poles located in the area of Seneca Drive and N. Virginia Street.
At approximately 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 17, a Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputy observed a vehicle parked in the area where the damage was discovered on March 15. A female was sitting in the vehicle. She was later identified as Roxanne Renee Pemberton, age 35, of Reno.
Pemberton was unable to provide a credible explanation as to why the vehicle was parked there, or as to the whereabouts of a male companion that she reported was with her.
After a search of the area, deputies located Harry Hodgerney, age 41, also of Reno, hiding nearby with a pair of bolt cutters. Deputies also noted damage to a utility pole in the area. After further investigation, both Hodgerney and Pemberton were arrested and booked into the Washoe County Detention Facility.
Harry Hodgerney is charged with multiple counts of burglary, grand larceny, destruction of property and other charges related to the incidents of March 5, 7, 15 and 17. Pemberton received multiple charges related to being an accomplice in the March 15 and 17 incidents.
Photo: Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives are attempting to locate Nicholas Hodgerney (pictured) as part of an ongoing investigation of a rash of wire thefts from power poles in the north valleys.
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.