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Washoe Detectives Arrest 2 Men in Metal Theft Investigation

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Scott Thomas Jones Scott Thomas Jones
Austin Michael Hagander Austin Michael Hagander

Washoe County Sheriff's Detectives say they arrested two men this week as part of an ongoing investigation into a series of backflow prevention device thefts in the Cold Springs area.

Detectives say they booked Scott Thomas Jones and Austin Michael Hagander on burglary charges related to the thefts of more than 20 residential backflow devices in late January and early February.

This is an ongoing investigation and detectives believe there may be additional suspects.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Secret Witness at 322-4900 or text your tip to 847411 or go online to www.secretwitness.com. Your call will remain anonymous and you could be eligible for a reward.

Detectives say brass back flow prevention devices are often targeted by metal thieves, particularly during the winter months.

Tips to help protect against metal theft from the Staying Safe page on www.WashoeSheriff.com:

* 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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