Car-thief suspects behind bars |

Car-thief suspects behind bars

F.T. Norton

CARSON CITY – For eight nights Deputy Darrin Sloan watched a decoy vehicle set out by police in the hopes of snaring car thieves.

Early Monday morning, two Carson City men allegedly took the bait. Authorities said Tuesday an inventory of the van the men arrived in links them to five to 10 car thefts and burglaries committed in the last month in Carson City.

Thomas Thornhill, 26, and Tracer Harmon, 23, are in custody in the Carson City Jail on suspicion of grand larceny and possession of burglary tools. Thornhill is additionally charged with being in possession of drug paraphernalia and stolen checks.

Sgt. Bob White said 20 vehicle thefts and countless more car burglaries took place in the past month. Most of those vehicles were recovered parked in parking lots or without their wheels in Voltaire, Brunswick and Goni canyons. Investigators believe the cars were taken for their contents, not parts since most of those recovered were found intact.

Harmon and Thornhill remain in custody.

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