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July 31, 2014
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Reno gun theft suspects arrested after wild chase ends at Floriston

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Two people suspected of the Monday night burglary of a Reno sporting goods store in which several guns were taken are in Nevada County jail, awaiting extradition to Nevada after their arrest Tuesday night near Floriston.

The Reno Police Department said it recovered guns stolen from Sportsman’s Warehouse, as well as other guns.

Keegan Vaughn, 28, and Crystal Rice, 26, were in a vehicle Tuesday night about 8:30 p.m. near the Cabela’s store by Boomtown when a Nevada Threat Analysis Center official saw them and called police.

Reno police attempted a traffic stop and then started following them as they drove west on Interstate 80 into California at speeds up to 100 mph, according to a press release from the Reno Police Department.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office RAVEN helicopter picked up the trail, so Reno police backed off for public safety, police said. The Nevada Highway Patrol also followed.

Once across the state line, the California Highway Patrol and Nevada County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded. The fleeing vehicle eventually struck several concrete dividing walls, which caused two tires to go flat.

Unable to continue to drive the vehicle, Vaughn exited I-80 at the Floriston exit, and the car ran off the roadway. Vaughn and Rice reportedly ran from the vehicle, and attempted to hide from officers. A perimeter was established, and with the assistance of the helicopter, they were quickly taken into custody.

Officers reportedly located the stolen handguns and other weapons-related items inside the vehicle.

Vaughn was booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on suspicion of evading a peace officer, second-degree burglary, grand theft, being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded gun, possessing burglary tools, resisting arrest, possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and bringing a controlled substance into jail. He was being held in lieu of $751,000 bail.

Rice was booked on suspicion of second-degree burglary, grand theft, possessing stolen property, carrying a loaded gun, possessing burglary tools, resisting arrest and possessing a controlled substance. She was being held in lieu of $750,000 bail.

The investigation is continuing, and RPD is working closely with federal agencies, the Washoe District Attorney’s Office and the state of California for additional charges and extradition for both suspects back to Nevada.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jul 31, 2014 05:37PM Published Aug 4, 2014 10:12AM Copyright 2014 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.