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Armed Robbery

posted Jan 26, 2015, 12:54 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Jan 27, 2015, 9:11 AM ]

Mesquite Police Officers were dispatched to an armed robbery at the Terrible Herbst convenience store, located at 810 W Mesquite Boulevard Sunday, January 25, 2015 at approximately 8:30 pm.

Once the armed suspect left the store the frightened clerk was able to call 911.  Officers promptly responded securing the scene and canvassing the area in search for the armed suspect. Mesquite Police detectives were called to the store, where they commenced a thorough investigation.  Evidence was collected from the scene and the Mesquite Investigative Services Division is currently actively following up on multiple leads. 

The Mesquite Police Department is seeking assistance from the community in identifying the suspect.  The suspect is described as a white male adult approximately 5-06 or 5-07 and weighing approximately 160-180 lbs.  The suspect was wearing a black ski mask, blue bandanna, black sweat shirt, pink undershirt, dark jeans, and brown boots.  The suspect was also in possession of a black semi-automatic handgun.  Surveillance photos of the suspect entering and leaving the store are attached to this release below.

If you have any information regarding the suspect involved in the armed robbery or any information which can assist the Mesquite Police Department with the investigation, please call the Mesquite Police investigations 24 hour crime tip line (702) 346-8826.



Monday, January 27, 2015 Mesquite Police Officers and Detectives arrested and charged 21 year old Mesquite resident, Colton Miller for robbery with a deadly weapon and burglary. Miller confessed to investigators informing them he was intoxicated during the commission of the crime. The weapon used during the crime was located and identified as an air soft gun. The black ski mask Miller used to cover his face was also located and taken as evidence

Home Invasion

posted Jan 26, 2015, 12:16 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Jan 26, 2015, 12:16 PM ]

Saturday January 24, Mesquite police officers were dispatched to a local residence, reference a home invasion. The adult female victim informed officers that three unknown black males entered her residence through an unlocked rear sliding glass door. The men carried firearms and wore long sleeve clothing; latex gloves, and had on bandanas to cover their faces. The female and the two other family members who were home at the time were bound with duct tape. The three men searched the home, stole items which included: illegal narcotics and cash. The three offenders then fled the scene.

The female adult victim was able to free herself and run to the neighbor’s home where she called police. Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the offenders. Mesquite Police detectives responded to the scene and discovered narcotics were being grown inside the residence.  This case is currently under investigation. If you have any information reference the case please call the Mesquite Police investigations crime tip line (702) 346-8826. 

Five Arrested for Battery with a Deadly Weapon

posted Jan 22, 2015, 1:58 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Jan 22, 2015, 1:58 PM ]

Mesquite, NV – Tuesday January 20, Mesquite police officers were called to a local residence, reference a battery with a deadly weapon. At the home, officers located a male adult victim who had been attacked. The victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported by ambulance to the local hospital.

At the same residence, officers located five suspects who were involved in the battery. Following an execution of a search warrant; narcotics paraphernalia, marijuana, methamphetamine, and a hand gun were discovered inside the residence. The investigation resulted in all five individuals being arrested and charged with felonies.

Mesquite resident, Sirena Abbott, 34, was charged with: kidnapping with a deadly weapon, burglary, robbery, intimidating a witness and sales of a controlled substance; methamphetamine.

Mesquite resident, Michael Brannigan, 38, was charged with: kidnapping with a deadly weapon, burglary, robbery, intimidating a witness and battery with a deadly weapon.

Mesquite resident, Christopher Mora, 40, was charged with: kidnapping with a deadly weapon, burglary, robbery, intimidating a witness and battery with a deadly weapon.

Mesquite resident, Jeffrey Hillier, 37, was charged with: kidnapping with a deadly weapon, burglary, robbery, intimidating a witness and battery with a deadly weapon.

Mesquite resident, Katherine Pohlmeier, 31, was charged with: kidnapping with a deadly weapon, burglary, robbery, and intimidating a witness.

All five perpetrators were booked into Clark County Detention Center, located in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Coffee with a Cop

posted Jan 15, 2015, 5:42 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Jan 15, 2015, 5:42 PM ]

The Mesquite Police Department and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have partnered with Jack in the Box to brew up a community event. Mesquite’s first ever “Coffee with a Cop,” is an event where residents can connect with law enforcement over a free cup of coffee. MPD Officers and LVMPD Officers will be at the Mesquite Jack in the Box, located at 320 N Sandhill Boulevard on January, 22 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.


Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about law enforcement. Coffee with a Cop also provides residents with the opportunity to get to know those officers working in their neighborhoods. Coffee with a Cop is intended to break down barriers and allow for a relaxed one-on-one style interaction.


Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Justice. More than 200 cities in 36 states have participated in similar events. On January, 22 four agencies within Clark County will participate in the event at thirteen different locations throughout the county.


All residents are encouraged to attend. Coffee will be provided free of charge by Jack in the Box.

MPD Employees Honored

posted Jan 15, 2015, 4:46 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Jan 15, 2015, 4:47 PM ]

Mesquite, Nv – Tuesday, January 13, Police Chief Troy Tanner recognized Mesquite Police Department employees during Tuesday’s city council meeting. Chief Tanner presented to the Mayor, City Council, and audience a compilation of surveillance video footage and the audio from the 911 calls from the incident involving Mesquite Police Officer Quinn Averett saving a choking three year old child.

Chief Tanner publically thanked and commended Dispatcher Lori Todd and Dispatcher Mike Bennett for the prompt and skilled way in which they handled the incident. Both dispatchers were awarded plaques commending them for their part in saving the young boy’s life.

Chief Troy Tanner commended Officer Averett for answering the emergency call of service although he was off duty at the time of the incident. Chief Tanner stated “Officer Averett acted swiftly and concisely, wasting no time, in efforts to save the child. His acts were indeed heroic and resulted in a life saved that day.”   Chief Tanner presented Officer Quinn Averett with a Life Saving Award and thanked him for a job well done.

Chief Tanner concluded his presentation by stating “This emergency event highlighted the professionalism demonstrated on a daily basis by the men and women of the Mesquite Police Department.” 

Attempt Animal Poisoning

posted Dec 22, 2014, 3:04 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Dec 23, 2014, 4:53 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

A concerned citizen came into the Mesquite Police Department to report that he found hot dogs that were stuffed with a unknown blue substance. The citizen informed officers that he found the hot dogs while walking his dog at the north end of Chaparral Drive near the Vista Del Monte water tank.


Animal Control Division Manager Officer Joe Macias collected the hot dogs and sent them off to be tested by Nevada Department of Agriculture. The test results recently came back positive as a rodenticide.


Since the incident Mesquite Police Officers and Mesquite Animal Control Officers have been conducting extra patrol in the area where the poisoned hot dogs were found. Animal Control Division Manager Joe Macias cautioned pet owners by stating “We assume someone was trying to poison pets and or other animals by placing the poisoned hot dogs out where animals and their owners frequent. Pet owners should always walk their dogs on a leash and be aware of what your dog picks up in order to avoid them from ingesting something they shouldn't."


The Mesquite Police Department is actively investigating the incident and requests citizens notify police if they witness any suspicious persons and or activity in the area.       


Mesquite Municipal Codes:   


10-5-2: CRUELTY:

A. It is unlawful for any person to overdrive, overload, overcrowd, torture or cruelly beat, or unjustifiably injure, maim, mutilate or kill any animal, whether belonging to himself or to another, or deprive any animal of necessary sustenance, food, drink or shelter, or willfully instigate, engage in, or in any way further an act of cruelty to any animal, or any act to produce such cruelty.


B. It is unlawful for any person to ride or drive a horse while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug.


C. It is unlawful for any person to intentionally trip or fell any equine or bovine animal by the legs or by any means whatsoever for the purposes of, but without limitation hereto, sport or entertainment. However, this provision shall not be construed to prohibit or interfere with rodeo activities conducted in accordance with Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association rules or other commensurate rules.


D. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to prohibit or interfere with the animal control officer or code or law enforcement officer in the exercise and performance of the powers and duties in this title set forth as to them, and any properly conducted scientific experiments or investigations performed only under the authority and direction of the faculty of any regularly incorporated medical college or university of the state of Nevada. (Ord. 433, 1-26-2010, eff. 3-1-2010)


10-5-4: POISONING:

It is unlawful for any person to unjustifiably administer any poisonous drug or substance to any animal, or unjustifiably expose any such drug or substance with intent that the same shall be taken by an animal, whether such animal be the property of himself or another. Nothing in this section or chapter shall be construed to:


A. Prevent or restrict an animal control officer, police officer, health officer or similar official in the exercise and performance of the powers and duties of such officers;


B. Prevent the eradication by poisoning of animals commonly considered pests which are harmful or destructive to man, other animals or property;


C. Prevent the eradication by poisoning of "vertebrate pests" as that term is defined by Nevada Revised Statutes 555.005;


D. Prevent scientific experiments or investigations on animals performed by an accredited medical college or research institution. (Ord. 433, 1-26-2010, eff. 3-1-2010)



Every person who is the owner of any animal, or keeps the same upon his/her premises or under his/her care, custody or control, shall keep the animal restrained by a fence, cage, coop, chain, leash or other adequate means so that said animal shall not leave or escape from the premises upon which it shall be kept. (Ord. 433, 1-26-2010, eff. 3-1-2010)

MPD Officer Saves A Child’s Life

posted Dec 18, 2014, 5:35 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Dec 23, 2014, 4:56 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, Nv – Monday December 15, a father and mother frantically rushed into Green Valley Grocery, located at 290 North Sandhill Boulevard, Mesquite Nevada. The panicked couple was carrying their three year old son, who was choking on a large piece of candy. A 911 call was placed into the Mesquite Police Department Emergency Dispatch Center from Green Valley Grocery. However, when the dispatcher answered the 911 call she could only hear yelling in background. Per MPD procedure the dispatcher broadcasted the emergency over the police radio informing officers that they received a 911 call with screaming in the background from Green Valley Grocery.

Officer Quinn Averett who is currently assigned as K-9 Officer for the Mesquite Police Department had finished his shift for the day and was headed home when he heard the call come over the radio. Officer Averett who was less than a block away responded to Green Valley Grocery not knowing what the disturbance was. As he approached the door he heard a female frantically screaming. Officer Averett entered the convenience store and found the father holding his semi-conscious not moving three year old son.  

Officer Averett reverted to his first aid training, grabbed the small child and began life saving measures. After approximately one minute of working with the child Officer Averett was successful in dislodging a large “Jaw breaker” hard candy from the child’s airway.  The three year old immediately began breathing and crying. The child was later medically evaluated by paramedics who responded to the scene.

Another Successful Year Of "Shop with a Cop"

posted Dec 18, 2014, 2:51 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Dec 18, 2014, 4:58 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, Nv – Chief Troy Tanner and the men and women of the Mesquite Police Department want to give a heartfelt thanks to the citizens, businesses, and friends of the Mesquite Police Department for their generous donations to the annual Shop with a Cop program.


All employees within the Mesquite Police Department joined together yesterday to make a joyful holiday memory in the hearts of many local youngsters. Donations enabled officers to take approximately 55 elementary age children on their very own special Christmas shopping spree. The event kicked off with Officers picking up their assigned elementary age children from Virgin Valley and Bowler Elementary Schools.


Once the children were all loaded up, officers turned on their red and blue lights and played Christmas music through their PA systems as they drove to Walmart. When they arrived Santa was there waiting to greet them. After the shopping carts were filled with toys and clothes for the child and their family members it was off to the Elks Lodge. At the Elks the children met Mr. and Mrs. Clause, received a special gift, and were served lunch by Elks members.


An emotional Chief Tanner stated “I wish all the generous people who donated to this special event could come and witness the joy on the faces of these incredible children. I could never say thank you enough to show my gratitude. Our Officers are constantly surrounded with sad, negative incidents and situations. It is so nice to have a day to focus on the amazing children of our community in such a positive and uplifting experience.  We (MPD) love this event.”


MPD would like to thank the following people, businesses, and organizations, which helped make this year’s Shop with a Cop another huge success:


David and Deborah Ballweg, Golf Fore Kids, Mesquite Elks Lodge #2811, Walmart, Mesquite Gaming LLC, Mesquite Police Officers Association, Department of Homeland Security, Scott Trimming, View On Mesquite Magazine, David & Diane Dolan, Gary Underwood, Mary Clay & Steven Allred, Catherine & Andy Barton, Robert & Barbara Hecker, Mike & Jeanine Tucker, Jan & Ken Burke, Michael & Beverly Galic, Carol Scott, Ted Armstrong, Robert and Patricia Bauer, Susan M. Rosland, Dorothy Evans, Dale & Carol Yohe, Tom Eckman, Janice & John Bentley, David & Kathleen Rusk, Howard Hartzell, Anthony & Carolyn Planick, Marion J. Starr, Stephen & Martha Dasovic, Robert & Nancy Leroux, Jerry & Jeannie Freund, Carole Blessinger, Joey & Darlene Douglas, C. Frank Adams, Charles Gruber, Barbara Ellestad, Marcus & Linda Hall, Tad Bullen, Big O Tires, M J James, David Lambert, Elizabeth Eggeman, Pat Pero-McArdle, Don Woodmancy, Frank Garner, Jan & Norm Jordahl, John & Barbara Stallone, Theodore Whittlinger, Albert E AKE POA, Karen Fielding, and Marge Edwards

Juvenile Arrested For Burglary

posted Dec 8, 2014, 1:14 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Dec 11, 2014, 4:02 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

Mesquite, NV – Saturday December 6, Mesquite Police Officers were dispatched to a local residence reference a burglary. The home owner/victim discovered a firearm, ammunition, a golf cart, and other miscellaneous items were stolen from their residence. Officers and detectives processed the crime scene and immediately started chasing down leads on possible suspects.       

Later that evening officers located a male and a female juvenile suspect who led them on a foot pursuit into the desert area behind the Eureka Casino.  The female juvenile admitted to stealing items from a local business and was issued a citation and released to her parents.  

The male juvenile admitted to various crimes pertaining to the burglary, which included: Grand Larceny Auto, Grand Larceny Firearm, and Possession of Stolen Property. The male juvenile was transported to Clark County Juvenile Detention Center in Las Vegas. All the items from the burglary and the petit larceny were recovered and returned to their rightful owners.

Mesquite Police Deputy Chief Scott Taylor acknowledged and commended the officers responsible for promptly capturing the criminals and returning the property to the victims. Deputy Chief Taylor also reminded citizens to take those simple steps that will help protect you from being victimized. Deputy Chief Taylor stated “This incident shows us that potentially anyone is capable of committing serious crimes and we as citizens need to lock up and secure our homes, cars, and valuables.”

Holiday Safety Tips

posted Nov 26, 2014, 6:29 PM by MaQuade Chesley   [ updated Dec 4, 2014, 4:06 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

The Mesquite Police Department wishes to extend our best wishes to all during this holiday season. Unfortunately, during the holidays we see a rise in various crimes. Whether it is in your neighborhood or at a local shopping center, awareness is the best defense against becoming the victim of a crime this holiday season.


While out shopping stay alert and be aware of your surroundings. Don’t let your guard down just because you are in a hurry. Do not carry large amounts of cash and ladies please carry your purse close to you at all times.  


Parking lots can be extremely busy and congested during the holidays. Choose a parking spot that is well lit and close to the store. Ensure you lock your car doors and place any items/packages in the trunk of your car where they are not visible.  The chances of your car being stolen or burglarized are reduced if you simply lock the doors and keep the windows up. Safeguarding your car and valuables can be summed up in three simple words: LOCK your car, TAKE your keys with you, and HIDE the valuables in your car.


These are a few simple holiday safety tips to aid in protecting your personal safety and to help make your holidays a joyous and safe season. MPD also reminds you to not let the spirit of giving lull you into a false sense of security that will allow criminals to steal, defraud, or harm you.

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