Washoe County deputies arrested Incline resident Tavia Toussaint, 34, for possession of stolen property after she reportedly tried to sell them a stolen rare antique “dump wagon” stolen from a woman in Reno Dec. 22.
A caretaker on the residence where the wagon is kept reported the theft to the sheriff’s office. The wagon, only one of two known to be in existence in this area, was used in early road construction. A similar wagon, believed to be the only other wagon of its type in the area, is on the Nevada Department of Transportation grounds.
The caretaker conducted research on the Internet, looking up private party sales sites, and located the wagon for sale in Reno. The ad indicated the wagon was prepared for sale and delivery, with the ad being posted the day prior. The sheriff’s office detectives and the All Threats All Crimes Unit conducted an undercover sting operation, posing as potential buys for the wagon.
The caretaker was able to positively identify the old wagon, valued in excess of $1,000. Detectives recovered the wagon, which was released to the owner. They also arrested Toussaint for possession of stolen property after she negotiated the sale to detectives. A trailer that was used to transport the wagon was also seized, pending further investigation into additional stolen property. The trailer reportedly had recently been repainted and the identification plates were removed.
Detectives are following several leads in an effort to identify the suspect(s) who stole the wagon. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective Edwards at 775-328-3326, or Secret Witness by calling 775-322-4900.