ST. GEORGE — Two people suspected of being responsible for multiple vehicle burglaries dating back to April in Mesquite were arrested Monday, according to the Mesquite Police Department.
From April onward, the police department received several reports of nighttime vehicle burglaries. Detectives began to investigate the incidents while extra patrols were added to impacted areas, police said in a statement.
Several more vehicles were burglarized early Monday, yet this time officers were able to identify those believed to be involved.
Patrick St. Louis, 23, of Las Vegas, and Kirsten Roberts, 24, of Conroe, Texas, were arrested by police later that day after being located at a local hotel. A warrant search of their hotel room and vehicle produced evidence linking the two to over 17 reported vehicle burglaries.
Both St. Louis and Roberts were charged with multiple felonies for vehicle burglary, among other felony offenses. Additional charges are pending as the investigation progresses, according to police.
Due to the felony charges, both suspects were transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas.
Vehicle burglaries tend to be what police call “crimes of opportunity.” A burglar sees valuables left on a seat in a car and may get in through an unlocked door. In some cases, a locked door may be enough to deter the burglar and they move on. They also may not attempt to break into a vehicle if nothing of value is seen inside.
“The police department would like to remind you to remove all valuables from your vehicle at night, lock your car doors, and roll up your windows,” police said in the statement. “This greatly helps deter would-be criminals who are looking for easy targets.”
The police also encourage anyone who sees something potentially suspicious to report it. While someone trying to get into a car may have innocently locked themselves out, they could also be a potential thief that a call to police could help stop.
For those who had their vehicles burglarized in Mesquite recently yet did not report it, you are encouraged to file a police report now as your property may have been recovered by Mesquite Police and is waiting to be claimed.
The Mesquite Police Department can be reached at 702-346-6911, and is located at 695 Mayan Circle in Mesquite.
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