Two Arrested for Multiple Backflow Thefts

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RENO, NV - Washoe County Sheriff’s detectives have arrested two men as part of an ongoing investigation into a series of backflow prevention device thefts in the Cold Springs area.

Scott Thomas Jones and Austin Michael Hagander, both of Reno, have been booked 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. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division at 328-3320 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.

Brass backflow prevention devices are often targeted by metal thieves, particularly during the winter months when irrigation systems are turned off. Area residents are encouraged to take time now to check their water systems and report any thefts to the Sheriff’s Office online at

According to a news release, metal theft prevention continues to be part of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office ongoing commitment to public safety and security. Metal thieves commonly target remote or unoccupied locations and attempt their crimes at times when homeowners are away from home. Residents are asked to stay alert and report suspicious activity to law enforcement. Look, listen and let someone know.

Austin Hagander mugshot courtesy Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Scott Jones mugshot courtesy Washoe County Sheriff's Office