Two suspects in a string of commercial burglaries in Dayton
were arrested Thursday, according to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.
During the last week, Lyon County Sheriff’s deputies in the
Dayton patrol area have investigated a string of burglaries along the Highway
The suspects were targeting closed businesses, breaking and
entering looking for anything of value, according to a news release from the
Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies determined the suspect’s mode of
operation and linked several of the burglaries together after noticing the
forced entry was the same. Deputies gathered evidence on the scene of the
burglaries and also obtained surveillance video of the suspects’ vehicle.
On Thursday at 1:18 pm, a patrol deputy working in the Mark
Twain area of Dayton spotted a vehicle believed to be used in the string of burglaries.
A traffic stop was initiated and the suspect fled. The suspect eventually
stopped the vehicle and exited on foot at which time deputies chased the
suspect into a neighborhood in the Riverpark subdivision.
Several alert neighbors called 911 to report that the
suspect was jumping fences and running from backyard to backyard. A Lyon County
Sheriff’s Office K9 team was dispatched to the area and a K9 was deployed to a
house in the 800 block of Reggie Way to search for the suspect.
The Sheriff’s Office K9 pinpointed the suspect to a backyard
and deputies were able to locate the suspect and place him under arrest. No
injuries to the deputies or the suspect were sustained during the incident. The
suspect was identified as 24-year-old Matthew Hamlet of Dayton. He was found to
be in possession of illegal drugs as well as keys that were linked to at least
one of the burglaries and were stolen.
Lyon County detectives took over the investigation and
developed information on another suspect, identified as Nicholas Wofford, a 28-year-old
Dayton resident. Interviews were conducted with both Hamlet and Wofford, and
they both subsequently confessed to seven burglaries in the Dayton area,
according to the news release. Numerous items of stolen property were recovered
by detectives and the cases are still under investigation.
The Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone with information about
these burglaries to contact the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office - Special
Investigation Unit at 775-463-6600, or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.
Hamlet was booked into the Lyon County Jail on the following
charges: Resisting arrest; Trafficking Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine; Obtain
/ Use Other Person Identification; Felony Warrant Arrest on Failure to Appear
after release of Bail; Possession of a Forged Instrument (Forgery); Commercial
Burglary; Conspiracy to Commit Burglary.
His bail is set at $ 193,640.
Wofford was also booked into the Lyon County Jail on the
following charges: Commercial Burglary; Conspiracy to Commit Burglary; Possession
of Stolen Property.
His bail is set at $ 127,500.