Lyon County Officials Arrest Valve Theft Suspect

By: Trevor Smith Email
By: Trevor Smith Email
Lyon County Sheriff

Jonathan Walter Strickland/photo courtesy Lyon County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: FERNLEY, NV - Lyon County Sheriff's detectives have found one of the people they believe were involved in Fernley’s recent larcenies of backflow water preventers.

The suspect was taken into custody and was identified as 37-year-old Jonathan Walter Strickland of Fernley NV. Mr. Strickland is currently in the Lyon County Jail for the following charges:

• Grand Larceny (greater than $3,500.00)
• Possession of Burglary Tools
• Eluding Police
• Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Mr. Strickland’s bail currently stands at $14,280. The Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking a second suspect to these recent crimes.

Those with information are encouraged to call either the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at (775)463-6600 or Secret Witness at (775) 329-4900.

FERNLEY, NV - The Lyon County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in locating two suspects who may be responsible for numerous thefts of backflow water valves in Fernley.

Shortly before 1 a.m., a LCSO deputy attempted to stop a black 1986 Chevy S-10 truck with fictitious registration. However, the suspect continued north of Terrible's Casino onto Bureau of Land Management property. The deputy lost track of the vehicle and called off the search.

However, early Wednesday morning about 7:00 a.m. deputies located the vehicle near the last spot it was seen by the deputy. It has been determined by the investigators that there were two people in the vehicle during the time of the pursuit.

Upon examination of the contents in the truck, the bed of the truck was filled with tools commonly used for cutting and removing pipes and fittings (copper or brass). Deputies later secured a search warrant and inventoried the truck finding evidence leading to numerous larcenies of backflow water valves from commercial and residential properties throughout the Fernley area.

At this time, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the assistance from anyone who may have any information in the identity of the driver and passenger of the above described truck. Those with information are encouraged to call either the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at (775)463-6600 or Secret Witness at (775) 329-4900.

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