'Bait' Car Traps 4 Suspects

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Maria Aguinaga.

A 'bait' car proves difficult to refuse when four would-be thieves attempt to make off with their stolen goods as detectives lie in wait.

According to Washoe County Sheriff's Office the 'bait' car was placed in a trail-head area while detectives hid in nearby brush awaiting thieves to fall into the trap.

Around 1 p.m. August 2, a gold-colored GMC SUV entered the parking area where the car was located.Two passengers exited the SUV and began looking into the windows of vehicles in the area. One of the suspects, Nicholas Walther, a 21-year-old Reno resident, used a glass punch to break the window of the “bait vehicle”. He then removed a laptop computer and a GPS device.

The other suspect, a 17-year-old Sun Valley resident was observed peering into another vehicle in the area. The two then jumped into the SUV, and took off with their pilfered goods.

Unknown to the fleeing suspects, more detectives and K9 Teams were positioned down the road waiting for them. All four were taken into custody and the laptop and GPS device were recovered.

The driver, 20- year-old Flor Lopez of Reno, was arrested for Conspiracy to Commit Burglary and Conspiracy to Possess Stolen Property. Her bail is set at $5,000.

Walther was arrested for Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of Burglary Tools, Grand Larceny, Destruction of Property, two Probation Violations, and Possession of Marijuana. He also had a warrant for Failure to Appear. He has no bail due to the probation violations.

Maria Aguinaga, a 21-year-old Sun Valley resident was arrested for Possession of Marijuana, Probation Violation, and a Failure to Appear warrant. She has no bail due to the probation violation.

The 17 year-old male was detained at the Jan Evans Juvenile Justice Center for Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property, and Possession of Marijuana.

As of August 3, at least 11 vehicle burglaries have been identified as part of this series, but there may be additional incidents that haven’t been reported to the Sheriff’s Office.

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