Sparks Police Arrest Second Suspect in Vehicle Thefts

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SPARKS, NEV. - Sparks Police has arrested a second suspect they believe is behind several crimes throughout Sparks.

Anthony Padilla in charged with the following: robbery with a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon, auto theft, conspiracy to committ robbery

Padilla's bail is set at $90,000.

SPD already arrested Manaloa Tonata in connected with the same crimes.


Police tell us the crimes happened in the early morning hours on Sunday, January 6th. Investigators now believe they can link the suspect to several crimes on that day.

The first happened around 5:30 a.m. in the area of Express and Sabatino. SPD says two males stole a silver colored Suzuki Sidekick. Police say the suspects in that robbery were described as Tongan males, both wearing gray or white sweaters. The first is between 17 and 18 years old, and the second is between 18 and 19 years of age. Police say the suspects original vehicle was either a silver or gold colored older model Cadillac or something similar.

That silver or gold colored car is now believed to be a 1977 Oldsmobile which was stolen from Howard and Rosemary in Sparks. The Oldsmobile was later recovered in the 1100 block of H St. in Sparks. Keys to a Suburu which was stolen in Reno were found inside the Oldsmobile. The Suburu was found in the area of 2500 Rosemary.

Now at around 6:30 a.m. Sparks police say a dark colored Dodge Durango was stolen from the 1100 block of Rancho Mirage. A Durago matching this description was spotted, by Legends Security around 6:50 a.m., and appeared to be chasing or racing with a Suzuki Sidekick. The Suzuki struck a curb and became disabled in the area of E. Lincoln Way and Scheels Drive. The was the same vehicle stolen in the armed robbery from Express and Sabatino.

Next event happened at approximately 10 a.m. the same day. The stolen Dodge Durango was found parked in an apartment complex on 1100 15th St. Police were given permission to enter an apartment in the complex but the residents did not allow Police to search the apartment. Police tell us property from the Durango was seen in plain view. SPD was then granted a search warrant. Investigators also found some of the stolen items inside the Durago.

The residents of the apartment at this time are all juveniles. Several of them had been drinking, and were arrested. Their names and ages will not be released.