Car hopping spree leads to arrest on multiple charges

MESQUITE, Nev. — After receiving tips about vehicle burglaries for some nine days, Mesquite Police arrested one suspect Sunday morning.

The Mesquite Police Dept. began receiving calls concerning overnight vehicle thefts on May 16, which continued through Saturday. The majority of the reported incidents were located south of Mesquite Boulevard.

“We are not sure the total loss taken from the vehicles because we still have victims coming forward,” Mesquite Police Detective Gary Erickson said. “For the most part it was small items from the cars.”

Mesquite Police Chief Tanner requested a saturation patrol and assigned detectives to the area. “All of our detectives went out, and we stayed within that geographical area,” Erickson said. “Patrol was in marked units, and detectives were in unmarked.”

Early Sunday morning detectives were able to identify 19-year-old, Ryan M. Prescott of Mesquite, as a suspect in the car-hopping spree.

Ryan M. Prescott of Mesquite arrested early Sunday morning. Mesquite, NV May 25, 2014 | Photo by Mesquite Police Department
Ryan M. Prescott of Mesquite arrested early Sunday morning. Mesquite, NV May 25, 2014 | Photo by Mesquite Police Department

Prescott was arrested Sunday morning on an unrelated misdemeanor warrant and obstructing a public officer, a misdemeanor in the state of Nev., and booked into the Clark County Detention Center. Prescott was charged with where he also will face 10 felony counts of burglary of a motor vehicle, 16 misdemeanor counts of possession of stolen property, six misdemeanor counts of possessing drug paraphernalia, and three felony counts of possessing a credit card without the owners consent. Additional charges are pending.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

At this time the Mesquite Police Department is aware of eleven vehicles that were burglarized, and has recovered some of the stolen items. Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to call the Mesquite Police Department Tip Line at (702) 346-8826.

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