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MPD Friendly Reminder: Please Protect Your Gifts This Holiday Season

posted Dec 19, 2016, 10:15 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Dec 19, 2016, 10:18 AM ]

The Mesquite Police Department wants everyone to have a safe and happy holiday season.  We have already received a complaint of Christmas packages being stolen off of front doorsteps after being delivered.  Every year, we also receive complaints of packages being stolen out of vehicles in parking lots and driveways. 

Here are a few safety tips which the Mesquite Police Department recommends to assist you in not becoming a victim of theft this season; 

If you plan on having online orders delivered to your home, try to have someone home to receive the package.  If that is not possible, there are now a multitude of affordable door cameras, or doorbells with a camera built into them which are an effective deterrent to would-be thieves.  If the thief does not see the camera, the video recordings are extremely helpful for the Mesquite Police Department in identifying and tracking down the suspect. 

If you are shopping and have to leave valuable items inside your vehicle, try to hide them in a locked trunk or an area not visible to people walking by.  Also, always remember to lock your vehicle doors, especially when your vehicle is parked in front of your own home. 

If you unfortunately become a victim of theft, please contact the Mesquite Police Department as soon as possible.  It is more than likely that we are already aware of similar crimes which could be related, and which we are already actively investigating. 

The Mesquite Police Department also asks that if you see suspicious behavior, call our dispatch center immediately so we can respond and investigate.  Our non-emergency number is 702-346-6911.  If it is an emergency, dial 911.  Most importantly, please have a safe and Merry Christmas!

Mesquite Police Receive Report of Attempted Animal Poisonings

posted Dec 19, 2016, 10:11 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Dec 19, 2016, 10:12 AM ]

On Sunday, November 27, a resident of the Sun City area of Mesquite reported to the police department that pieces of cubed meat had been found in his yard.  The resident, aware of alleged reports of dogs in the neighborhood becoming ill, felt the meat may have been poisoned and contacted the police. 

Officers collected the meat samples and the Mesquite Animal Control manager sent the samples to a lab for testing.  The recently returned lab test results showed the meat had been laced with an insecticide which is moderately toxic to mammals when ingested. 

The Mesquite Police Department has not received any further complaints, nor reports of sick pets in the Sun City area, and has no reason to believe there is any active danger to pets in the area. 

Mesquite residents, whose pets experience unusual sickness or exhibit abnormal behavior, should first seek medical help for their pet from a veterinarian, but then notify the Mesquite Animal Control division by contacting 702-346-6911.

Citizens are urged to immediately contact the Mesquite Police Department to report suspicious or abnormal behavior so that we can promptly respond and investigate, by calling (702)346-6911.  You may also contact the Mesquite Police Department crime tip line at (702)346-8826.

Mesquite Meth Dealer Taken Into Custody

posted Dec 14, 2016, 3:46 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Dec 14, 2016, 3:46 PM ]

On December 13th, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives were able to conclude a lengthy drug dealing investigation which had been ongoing for many months.  Their investigation involved a local Mesquite resident who was trafficking and selling methamphetamines out of her home, as well as within the Mesquite area.  Detectives served a search warrant on the suspect’s home and her accomplices’ vehicle which had arrived at the residence to deliver methamphetamines.  The suspect and her two accomplices were safely taken into custody by the Detectives.  One of the accomplices had in his possession at the time of the search warrant a short barreled shotgun and methamphetamines, while the other accomplice was in possession of heroin. 

Roberta Franco, 45, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Two felony counts of trafficking a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of selling a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of offering and agreeing to sell a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth), and three misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Erick Maus-Montiel, 23, of Washington Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Destiny Quinn, 29, of St George Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Due to the felony charges, all three suspects were transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.

Mesquite Police Identify Two Theft Suspects

posted Dec 2, 2016, 2:47 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 2:47 PM ]

On two separate occasions, in April and May of 2016, two females and one male suspect entered a local department store and on both occasions stole over $1000.00 worth of alcohol.  On October 31, 2016, two suspects entered two separate local businesses, damaged property, and stole multiple items.  Both suspects from the October 31st incident were apprehended by the Mesquite Police Department and criminally charged.  

Recently a Mesquite Police Detective reviewing the alcohol thefts from April and May was able to positively identify the suspects as the same individuals apprehended and arrested in Mesquite on the October 31st incident.  The Mesquite Police Department is actively seeking the two suspects from the April and May thefts as they have shown a pattern of repeatedly traveling to Mesquite to commit crimes.  The Mesquite Police Department has submitted an affidavit of arrest to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office for both suspects so they may face their criminal charges and be held accountable. 

Rouyona Maxey, 23, of Las Vegas Nevada, is currently wanted for two felony counts of burglary and two felony counts of grand larceny. 

Ondre Glover, 29, of Las Vegas Nevada, is currently wanted for two felony counts of burglary and two felony counts of grand larceny. 

If you have any knowledge about these two suspects, please contact the Mesquite Police Department at 702-346-6911, or the Mesquite crime tip line at (702) 346-8826.

MPD Files Additional Charges on Burglary Suspect

posted Dec 2, 2016, 2:39 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Dec 2, 2016, 2:39 PM ]

On Tuesday, November 29, Mesquite Police Detectives completed their investigations into more burglary and theft investigations after determining Erik Rasmusson, was their sole suspect.  The detectives’ investigations led to the locating and recovery of more stolen items including firearms and a vehicle.  

The Mesquite Police Department filed the following additional criminal charges with the Clark County District Attorney’s Office on Erik Rasmusson; One felony count of burglary, one felony count of invasion of the home, one felony count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, two felony counts of possession of a stolen vehicle, and one felony count of trafficking a controlled substance (meth). 

Additional charges are still forthcoming pending the completion of additional investigations regarding possible forced entry and burglary of local businesses.

Mesquite Police Announce 2016 Shop with a Cop

posted Nov 30, 2016, 5:41 PM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated Nov 30, 2016, 5:41 PM ]

It is “The most wonderful time of the year” for the Mesquite Police Department, members of Elks Lodge # 2811, and local residents and businesses as they prepare for the Mesquite Police Department’s annual Shop With a Cop event. It will be “The best Christmas ever!” for the  youngsters who are carefully pre-selected based upon their needs and circumstance, and cross matched with other local giving organizations to prevent duplication of effort, to attend Shop With A Cop.

Shop With a Cop is fast paced. Children are picked up from local elementary schools and ride with officers in the patrol cars to a shopping destination.  After greeting Santa, the children and their officer partners flood into the store. The search for gifts quickly turns into a game of twenty questions: “Is that a real gun? Can I touch it?  Have you ever caught a bad guy?” The conversation soon relaxes and the search for the perfect gifts continues.

There is fun and laughter around every corner. Without a doubt each year there are sword fights in the aisles, a search for sparkly shoes, and a child who wants to buy a pet goldfish. There are the fast shoppers, the slow shoppers, the price checkers and even children who bring along coupons to help offset the cost of their experience. Officers are either led around the store by enthusiastic shoppers who know right where they are going or they may be standing next to a child who is staring blankly at a wall of toys.

Before they run out of energy-both the shoppers and the officers-make their way to the shoe department and then off to look for jackets and other needed clothing items.  Shoppers select gifts for family members which sometimes include a small item for the family pet.

Meanwhile, the members of the Mesquite Elks’ Lodge #2811 are in full swing cooking hot dogs, chicken tenders and other kid friendly food. Mr. and Mrs. Claus take their place, pictures are taken, and the children have a quick lunch with their officer before heading back to school.

The day is fun, and it is rewarding, yet the officers are savvy and know that there will be those who will try and return the children’s gifts for cash or store credit. The police department has a strict policy that the gifts are not to be returned, unless it a clothing item to be exchanged for a different size, so at checkout every UPC code is covered with black marker at checkout by a police civilian staff member or a police volunteer.

“This is all about the kids and making a difference in their lives. As officers we see what some kids have to deal with and it is appalling. To be able to interact and connect with them in a positive circumstance can be a game changer in how they will perceive police officers in the future.

“For every happy child we see bouncing around the store our thoughts are turned in gratitude to the members of this community who make this event possible through generous donations to the Shop with a Cop program,” said Chief of Police Troy Tanner.

This heartwarming event is made possible through generous donations made by local residents, businesses, and even visitors to Mesquite. Donations to Shop With a Cop can be dropped off at the Mesquite Police Department, located at 695 Mayan Circle. Checks should be made payable to the Mesquite Police Department. For questions regarding this event please call (702) 346-5262 ext. 6152 or ext. 6155.

MPD Arrests Suspect for Multiple Burglaries and Thefts

posted Nov 28, 2016, 12:58 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Nov 28, 2016, 12:58 PM ]

On Tuesday, November 22, Mesquite Police Detectives were able to conclude multiple burglary, theft, and stolen vehicle investigations by making contact with a suspect and taking him into custody in Mesquite Nevada.  Over the past few weeks, the Mesquite Police Department has been investigating a rash of burglaries, thefts from vehicles, and stolen vehicles.  Detectives have been working overtime processing many crime scenes and collecting evidence, while proactively working multiple cases they believed to be tied to the same suspects.  

On Tuesday the 22nd, Erik Rasmusson, 35, of Las Vegas Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Two felony counts of burglary, one felony count of unlawful use of a credit card without owner’s consent, and two felony counts of possession of a gun by a prohibited person. 

Rasmusson was also actively being sought by law enforcement throughout Clark County for a felony arrest warrant out of the Las Vegas Justice Court involving a home invasion robbery and kidnapping involving a firearm.  

Mesquite Detectives are still actively investigating and processing a large amount of property and evidence related to the rash of burglary and stolen vehicle cases which recently occurred in Mesquite.  Additional charges will be filed on Rasmusson once all of the investigations are completed.  He is also being investigated and may face additional charges in the St. George Utah area which may be related to the Mesquite Police investigation.  

Due to the felony charges, Rasmusson was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mesquite Officer Stops Car Thieves

posted Nov 28, 2016, 12:49 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Nov 28, 2016, 12:49 PM ]

On Saturday, November 26, at approximately 2:30 a.m. an observant Mesquite Police Officer located a vehicle traveling through Mesquite which had been reported as stolen out of Mesquite in July of 2016.  The officer was able to safely stop the vehicle and interview both the male driver and the male passenger.  Through the officer's investigation, he learned the driver was a fugitive from justice out of Arizona and had an active felony warrant for his arrest for possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of methamphetamines.  The passenger also had an active felony warrant for his arrest out of the Las Vegas Justice Court.  Both the driver and the passenger were taken into custody for the warrants, and received the additional criminal charges below. 

Cristoval Romero, 40, of St George, Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a stolen vehicle and one felony count of fugitive from another state with a warrant. 

Joel Segler, 37, of St George, Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a stolen vehicle.  Joel was also taken into custody for the active felony warrant out of the Las Vegas Justice Court. 

The stolen vehicle was processed for evidence and then returned to the owner’s custody. 

Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner made the following statement regarding this incident; “This is yet another example of the caliber of people we have working for the Mesquite Police Department.  This officer was out and about at 2:30 in the morning proactively looking for criminal activity.  I am proud of my police officers and the quality work they perform on a daily basis.” 

Due to the felony charges, both suspects were transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mesquite Police Department Announces Second Annual Project Blue Light

posted Nov 22, 2016, 2:42 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Nov 22, 2016, 2:42 PM ]

Beginning December 1st through the 31st, the Mesquite Police Department is asking all residents and business owners to join us in the Second Annual Project Blue Light.  This national program is a way to express support for your local law enforcement personnel, and to honor the brave and dedicated officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting communities throughout our nation. 

Dispatch Supervisor Lori Todd said, “I feel it is an important time for citizens to express their support for their local police officers, especially with the unprecedented number of officers who have been deliberately targeted and killed this year.  Our officers strive to build a strong police/community partnership and this is an easy, but meaningful, way for citizens to show their support.” 

The concept is simple.  Place a blue light in your window as an expression of support and in memory of the fallen heroes who gave their lives in service to us.  Other options include replacing an outside garage light with a blue bulb or stringing a blue rope light around a pole or tree.  Any blue light gesture sends the message of support. 

Ace Hardware & Mesquite Lumber has agreed to participate and will be stocking blue lights at a reduced cost.  In addition, they will donate $1 for every blue light sold to the Mesquite Police Department to support the families of killed or injured officers.  Walmart also has agreed to stock an end cap display of blue lights.  

Mesquite Gaming & the Eureka Casino has joined the Project Blue Light program and will be placing marquee announcements at the Casa Blanca and Virgin River Casino & Hotels, and the Eureka Casino & Hotel.  Finally, the Mesquite Chamber of Commerce, Terra West Property Management, Jensen Property Management and Colonial Property Management have endorsed Project Blue Light and each will assist in sending announcements to all of their respective members. 

As part of this year’s Christmas Tree lighting at City Hall on December 8th at 6:00 p.m., we will also be lighting the “Beacon of Blue”.  This special spot light will illuminate a 30-foot beam of blue light to illustrate the City’s support of Project Blue light.  This spot light is being donated by Decors USA. 

The members of the Mesquite Police Department wish to thank all of these corporate sponsors and encourage everyone to join us in honoring the brave and dedicated heroes who have been killed in the line of duty.  Let their sacrifice for us never be forgotten.

Mesquite PD Volunteer Program is Hard at Work

posted Nov 15, 2016, 9:00 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Nov 15, 2016, 9:01 AM ]

Over the past few weeks anyone driving around the city of Mesquite may have come across one of the Mesquite Police Department’s Volunteers.  Lately they have been hard at work serving the community they love.  They are easy to spot in their black and white vehicles which are marked “Citizen Volunteer Patrol” and have a yellow traffic warning light bar on top. 

Chief Tanner is especially proud of his healthy volunteer program, and expressed his gratitude by stating; “I cannot think of a better way to show your community you care than by volunteering your time in service of your peers.  I am so proud of our volunteer program and the many hours they freely give to serve all of us and to help keep our city safe.” 

As an example of their service, just within the last month a lone, our volunteers have dedicated the following; 45 service hours to conducting traffic control on Mesa Blvd during construction, 25 service hours at the MPD annual trunk or treat event, 23 service hours during the city’s annual Veterans Day Parade, and many more service hours responding to and conducting traffic control assistance at vehicle accident scenes. 

Chief Tanner added, “I feel a need to publicly thank our Volunteer Program Coordinator, Don Woodmancy as well as the 30 volunteers who have dedicated their own free time to the city this year.  If you see them around town in their volunteer uniforms or vehicles, please take a moment and say thank you!”

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