Nevada DMV-PS News Release

Contact: Kimberly J. Evans
555 Wright Way
Carson City, Nevada 89711
Office: (775) 684-4554
Pager: (775) 861-5897

NEWS FROM: Northern Nevada Auto Theft Task Force 00-126

Task Force Arrests Car Thief
Suspect hiding in motor home in Sparks when arrested

On April 24, 2000 the Northern Nevada Auto Theft Task Force (formerly known as VIPER) arrested Steven Michael Eaton. Mr. Eaton's arrest for possession of a stolen motor vehicle came after a stolen 1994 Mazda 929 was located at the Sandman Motel on 4th street in Reno. Investigators from the task force noticed the vehicle parked at the motel and began surveillance. Eaton left the motel in the stolen vehicle and eluded the task force and other police officer for several hours. The task force located the stolen vehicle and requested assistance from NHP and Sparks Police Department knowing Eaton was a flight risk. Eaton was located hiding in a motor home in Sparks when he was arrested.

The Northern Nevada Auto Theft Task Force is a multi jurisdictional unit comprised of the Nevada Division of Investigations, Nevada Highway Patrol and the FBI. The Force also works in conjunction with the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

To report an auto theft anonymously, contact Secret Witness at 322-4900 and ask for the Northern Nevada Auto Theft Task Force. For more information on the Task Force, contact Lt. Mike Allen at 827-4928.