On July 13th 2016, Sparks Patrol Officers responded to Target located at 1550 E. Lincoln Way for a Stolen Vehicle report. During the investigation, two (2) subjects were identified on surveillance video, involved with stealing a black Honda Civic from the parking lot. The White male suspect is seen stealing the vehicle, while a White female is seen following the suspect in the stolen car driving a green Honda Accord, out of the parking lot.
The suspects are unknown at this time.
The suspects are described as:
Suspect #1: White or Hispanic male adult in his 30's, 6 feet tall, black hair with a goatee, wearing a gray "VW" t-shirt, gray shorts, black shoes and baseball hat.
Suspect #2: White or Hispanic female adult in her 30's, 5'5" to 5'8" feet tall, dark hair.
Pictures of the suspects and suspect vehicle are attached.
The Sparks Police Department is asking for assistance from the community in identifying these suspects.
Anyone with information in regards to the identity or the whereabouts of these suspects are urged to contact the Sparks Police Detective Division at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
On July 08, 2016 at 9:15 p.m. Sparks Police Officers responded to a Grand Larceny that occurred at the Target department store located at 1550 E. Lincoln Way.
On July 07 2016 between 8:50pm and 9:15pm the victim was working at the Target department store when she went to retrieve a motorized shopping cart from the parking lot. As the victim entered the store, she left her cellular phone in a basket that was attached to the front of the motorized shopping cart. Shortly after the victim walked away from the shopping cart, the suspect entered the store and took the victim's phone form the shopping cart. The suspect remained in the store for a short time, but eventually left the store with the victim's phone. The victim identified the phone as a white Samsung galaxy S6 (approximate value $700.00).
The suspect left the area in a dark colored four door sedan, unknown license plates (see attached photo). The victim identified the suspect as a white male adult, 6' 190lbs wearing a gray US Navy shirt and brown shorts (see attached photo).
Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the Sparks Police Department at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
Releasing Authority: Sgt. Clinte Bellamy
Sparks Fire and multiple other agencies are actively working a brush fire in the area behind Walmart, near Pyramid and Disc. Please stay out of the area for the immediate future if possible. Thank you.
The investigation into this incident has determined that Rodney Wright died as a result of a gunshot wound. At the time, Mr. Wright was riding in a vehicle with several associates, including Mr. Turnow. Mr. Turnow was armed with a handgun and was displaying it inside the vehicle. The handgun discharged and struck Mr. Wright. Mr. Wright was transported to St. Mary's Medical Center where he died from his injuries. Mr. Turnow was arrested for this on Friday 7/8/16.
On 2/12/16 at approximately 2316 hours, Sparks Police Officers along with REMSA paramedics were dispatched to an original report of a subject down at 250 Pyramid Way with an unknown medical condition. The paramedics immediately transported the victim to St. Mary's ER were the victim died. Further investigation indicated that the victim had been shot and died as a result of the gunshot wound. The Sparks Police Detective Division is investigating the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sparks Police Department at (775) 353-2225 or Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. The victim's identity will not be released at this time. No police personnel are available for an on camera interview at this time.
A Message from Sparks Police Chief Brian Allen:
In light of the events that took place in Dallas, Texas last evening, I would first and foremost want to offer on behalf of myself and the men and women of the Sparks Police our condolences and heartbreak for the families of the slain officers. We will continue to offer our support, thoughts and prayers to all of those in Dallas and our law enforcement family.
As I have watched the events unfold throughout the week in Louisiana and Minnesota, it brought me great concern. We have two incidents within twenty-four hours involving black males shot by law enforcement. I have watched the videos, I have watched the newscasts, and read many news articles regarding both of those incidents. What I haven’t seen, heard, or read is the final case investigation. Did those officers make the right decision or act in accordance with their state’s laws? I don’t know those answers, and quite frankly, most of us in America don’t know those answers. What I did see, hear and read is that a full investigation needs to take place to learn those specific facts in each of these incidents to determine the final outcome. With the incident in Baton Rouge, the Department of Justice has been brought in to conduct the investigation, in Minnesota, outside agencies are completing the investigation. For the sake of all involved, I hope there is a fair, thorough and complete investigation into both of these incidents. Prior to the conclusion of an investigation, we all, especially our community leaders, should be very careful about what we say or post as we do not know how it will impact others or cause others to act.
What we need now is patience. Patience to learn the true facts. Social Media has so much good, but it also can be taken advantage of and misused. Does that mean that community activists shouldn’t peaceably protest and speak their concerns? Absolutely not. They should, within the confines of our Constitution and laws that govern our land. That is what makes America great. But we also have to remember that for every opinion, there is most likely an opposite opinion. We have to remember how to communicate our opinions and allow others to do the same, hopefully coming to the point where can acknowledge the other’s perspective with respect. Thursday night in Dallas, with law enforcement support, a group of citizens wanted to express their opinions and rights. The Dallas Police Department and other agencies were there protecting the rights of citizens to voice their concerns, protecting them.
Tragically, a few individuals took advantage of this peaceful protest to willfully, purposefully and intentionally target and kill the very police that were there to protect the demonstration. Just like how we should not transfer the blame of a few officers’ actions across this country to all law enforcement, we should not transfer the blame of these individuals, to all of those involved in “Black Lives Matter” type groups or any other activist group trying to make change. This was the act of a few individuals, not all.
However, to compare the week’s earlier events to the events in Dallas is inappropriate. The act against the Dallas officers was a premeditated, ambush style attack based solely against law enforcement and specifically “white” officers as reported by Dallas Chief Brown. Though tragic (as the taking of any life is tragic) there is no evidence, at this time, to support the notion that the involved officers in Louisiana or Minnesota purposefully placed themselves in a position to shoot someone or premeditate a murder. Based on the suspects own admissions, according to Chief Brown, this was the suspect’s intent in Dallas. Thorough investigations will eventually provide clarity, and determine whether or not charges should be filed against the officers and/or the remaining suspects in Dallas.
What I do know is that there are approximately 18,000 law enforcement agencies across this country and I have the honor to lead one of them. I can say that I am blessed to serve in a city like Sparks and a region like the Truckee Meadows. The Sparks Police along with Reno, Washoe County, Washoe County School District Police, University of Nevada-Reno Police, the Nevada Highway Patrol and others have worked tirelessly to develop great working relationships with our minority leaders and activist groups. Even yesterday, before the events in Dallas, I was invited and will participate along with Reno Police and other law enforcement, to an event on Sunday, to speak with community members about the events that took place earlier this week and how WE as a community can implement solutions to prevent similar incidents to occur here.
I am not ashamed to say that “ALL lives matter.” One of our core values state that we will respect the inherit worth of ALL. As a society, we should do the same. It shouldn’t depend on the color of your skin, your place in a social-economic status or the fact that you are in law enforcement. I know that I, and the members of the Sparks Police are committed to serving our community with Honor, Pride and Privilege.
I would like to end with this. Since this morning, the amount of community support for the Sparks Police and law enforcement is humbling. Community leaders, businesses, the news media, but most importantly our citizens have e-mailed, texted, posted, or called expressing their thoughts and prayers for those in Dallas and our local police. Our breakroom is full of food, cards and donations expressing our community’s thanks for our police.
Thank you and together we can make Sparks, Reno and the Truckee Meadows an even better community for future generations. God Bless the United States of America, the State of Nevada, and the City of Sparks.
On July 4, 2016 shortly after 2 p.m.., Sparks Police officers responded to the report of an attempted robbery with a knife at the Target store, 1550 E. Lincoln Way.
When officers arrived on scene, they learned that Target loss prevention personnel had attempted to stop a suspect who was pushing a cart full of merchandise out of an emergency exit. When loss prevention personnel attempted to stop the suspect, he brandished a knife toward the loss prevention staff and fled the store. He was believed to have fled north into the Park Vista Apartment complex located at 565 Sparks Blvd. The merchandise was retained.
Approximately two hours later, officers responded to K-Mart, 2125 Oddie Blvd. on a very similar call. A suspect had taken undetermined items and was leaving the store when he was approached by loss prevention staff. When loss prevention approached, the suspect brandished a knife and fled the area. He ran south toward the Landsdowne House apartment complex, 1215 Sullivan Lane.
Officers were able to obtain surveillance photographs of the suspect, and they are attached to this release. The suspect is described as a black male adult in his 30s. He was wearing a black t-shirt, goatee and dark sunglasses. He is further described as being about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build, and his left arm has multiple tattoos.
Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225, or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
Sparks Police Department is working an injury accident at the intersection of McCarran Blvd and Greg St. Westbound Greg at Spice Island is currently closed. Please avoid the area until further notice.
On July 1st 2016, Sparks Police responded to 2121 Victorian Ave, The Rail City Casino, for a report of a victim who had his wallet stolen. During the investigation, it was learned that the 61 year old disabled male victim was gambling, when a black or Hispanic male waited for the victim to be distracted and stole the victim's wallet from his pocket. The victim was not injured and no threats were made to the victim. The suspect was last seen running eastbound from the casino.
The suspect is described as:
Tall light skin black male adult with possibly dyed reddish blonde hair, in his mid 20’s, wearing a "Los Angeles Angels" baseball hat and a blue dress type shirt which is buttoned to the collar and wrists with a gold in color chain worn on the outside of the dress shirt.
The Sparks Police Department is asking for assistance from the community with identifying the suspect from this incident. Anyone with information of the suspects identity is urged to contact the Sparks Police Detective Division at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
On July 1st 2016 between 04:00 am and 04:30 am, the victim who is 61 years old and disabled was gambling at the Rail City Casino located at 2121 Victorian Ave. While the victim was gambling the suspect who is on video, removed the victim’s wallet from the victim’s left front pocket and fled the casino east bound through the A-B alley to an unknown location.
Suspect description: Tall light skin black male adult with possibly dyed reddish blonde hair, in his mid 20’s, wearing a Angles baseball hat and a blue dress type shirt which is buttoned to the collar and wrists with a gold in color chain worn on the outside of the dress shirt.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225 or Secret Witness at
Earlier this morning our agency was made aware of a Facebook post concerning a recent incident of an infant left in a vehicle that our officers investigated. This incident took place yesterday June 22, 2016. Our officers did respond, conduct an investigation and complete a criminal case. Below is a synopsis of the on-going case:
On June 22, 2016 at approx. 4:37pm, officers were called to Michaels at 165 N. Los Altos Pkwy. in Sparks on the report of an infant left unattended in a vehicle. Officers responded and met with the reporting person along with the mother of the infant. Officers interviewed the reporting person and the mother of the infant. Officers reviewed store video surveillance footage to determine the duration of time the infant was left unattended. Child Protective Services was also contacted. Photos were taken, and medics were summoned to evaluate the infant. Medical personnel determined the infant was not in distress, not dehydrated and all vital signs were normal. Child Protective Services will follow-up the mother, and the criminal case will be reviewed by the City Attorney.
We understand the dangers of leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle, and officers consider the facts, details and circumstances of each case, along with any potential evidence before making decisions to cite, arrest or submit a case for review. This is an active case, therefore specific details will not be released.
We do encourage and appreciate people for calling the police any time a child is left unattended in a vehicle.
On June 17, 2016 at 2011 hours the Sparks Police Department responded to the report of a motor vehicle accident in the 1000 block of El Rancho Drive. It was reported that a sedan and a motorcycle were involved and the operator of the motorcycle was lying on the ground injured. Upon arrival by first responders it was determined that the operator of the motorcycle had sustained minor non-life threatening injuries but was transported by paramedics for treatment of those injuries.
The investigation determined the operator of the sedan attempted to make an abrupt left turn onto a side street from a travel lane even though a marked left turn lane was present at that location. The operator of the moped was following the sedan at a close distance and was unable to stop to avoid the accident and struck the back of the sedan. The operator of the moped was not wearing any safety equipment, specifically a helmet. Alcohol and drug impairment were not a factor in this accident. The identity of the operators will not be released.
The operator of the sedan was cited for improper turn and the operator of the moped was cited for following to close. Mopeds have become increasingly popular in the past couple of years and the public is reminded to utilize safety equipment, specifically helmets. The public is also reminded that traffic congestion is increasing due to the summer months and it is viatal to maintain a safe distance when following other vehicles so there will be ample space to stop.
On June 14, Sparks Police responded to a report of a residential burglary that occured in the 1100 block of Bayshore Drive in Sparks.
It has been determined that the burglary occured on June 11, 2016. Sparks Police have obtained video of a possible suspect leaving the area.
The suspect is the male pushing the bicycle. He is described as white or Hispanic, wearing a white t-shirt, blue shorts and he had a black backpack.
Sparks Police would also like to speak with the two citizens walking thier dogs in this video.
Please find the video attached to this release. Anyone with informaiton in this case is asked to contact Sparks Police Detectives at 353-2225.
On June 14, 2016 at about 5:20 p.m. Sparks Police, Sparks Fire and REMSA personnel responded to a reported hit and run accident.
When officers arrived, they learned that a motorcycle driven by 21 year old Tyler Cook of Reno had been involved in the accident. Cook was traveling northbound on Rock Blvd. when a vehicle changed lanes in front of him abruptly. Cook's motorcycle struck the right rear portion of a vehicle described as an older model blue or green 4-door sedan with unknown license plates. The sedan should have right rear quarter panel damage, and is also described as missing a passenger side mirror.
The sedan then left the scene of the accident and was believed to have turned eastbound onto Victorian Ave. It is not known why the driver of the sedan left the scene.
Cook had suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Renown Medical Center for treatment.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Sparks Police Traffic section at 353-2432.
Law Enforcement will be “Joining Forces” Slowing Driver’s Down
Sparks, Nevada – Law enforcement officials statewide will be focusing on people who are speeding from June 14, 2016 through June 30, 2016 throughout Nevada. In an effort to make the streets safer, the Sparks Police Department will be Joining Forces looking for drivers who are speeding throughout Sparks during this time.
Many people think speeding may not be dangerous while driving. However, the chances of being involved in a traffic accident rise as you speed. There is a greater risk of losing control of your vehicle and the amount of time it takes to stop a vehicle increases when you are speeding. People may suffer unexpected economical and psychological effects as a result of being in an accident caused by speeding. These are just a few reasons why you should go the posted speed limit and not speed while driving to your destination(s).
For more resources and safety tips on why you should wear your seatbelt, please visit: http://www.zerofatalitiesnv.com/always-buckle-up/.
Joining Forces is a statewide program paid through grants issued by the Nevada Department of Public Safety: Office of Traffic Safety. For more information about Joining Forces and other Traffic Safety Programs, please visit http://www.zerofatalitiesnv.com.
On June 12th, 2016 at 0115 hours, Sparks Patrol Officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle in the area of Rock Blvd and Oddie Blvd. During the investigation, David MONEY was arrested for an active Felony warrant out of California for Poss. of a Stolen Vehicle and Probation Violation and local charges of Felony Possession of narcotics.
Later MONEY was placed in handcuffs and placed in a patrol vehicle. A short time later he was able to escape on foot, in handcuffs.
He was last seen southbound on Rock Blvd and has not been located. MONEY was wearing a white t-shirt and light blue pants. (Recent booking Photo is attached)
MONEY's whereabouts or destinations are unknown at this time.
The Sparks Police Department is asking for asssistance in locating MONEY. If anyone has information about MONEY's whereabouts, please contact the Sparks Police Department at 353-2231 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
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On 6-6-16 at approximately 1241pm, an adult female attempted to pass a counterfeit bill for payment at 7-Eleven. The attached photo is of the female person of interest. We are attempting to locate and interview the female. If anyone knows of her whereabouts, please contact Sparks Police Dispatch: 353-2231.
On 6-6-16 at approximately 1241pm, an adult female attempted to pass a counterfeit bill for payment at 7-Eleven. The attached photo is of the female person of interest. We are attemptng to locate and interview the female. If anyone knows of her whereabouts, please contact Sparks Police Dispatch: 353-2231.