The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is asking residents and property owners to be vigilant after a pair of recent thefts at properties in Spanish Springs. 

The thefts involved backflow devices at commercial properties between January 22nd and 23rd.

Deputies say they usually get reports of stolen valves in the spring after people begin turning their water supplies back on and find that they don’t work.

Area residents are encouraged to take time now to check their water systems and report any thefts to the Sheriff’s Office online at

Here are some tips to 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 of people passing by.
  • 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.

Anyone with information about the recent thefts in Spanish Springs 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 cases WC19-50054 and WC19-50055. 

(Washoe County Sheriff's Office contributed to this report.)