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2/14/2012 6:01:00 AM
Kingman valve theft suspect nabbed
Ernest Lumas
Ernest Lumas

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Kingman Police have made an arrest in the theft of plumbing valves from local businesses.

Ernest Joseph Lumas III, 47, of Kingman was booked into the Mohave County Jail Friday on felony charges of trafficking in stolen property.

Capt. Rusty Cooper said Lumas was identified as a suspect after it was learned that he had sold several of the stolen valves to a scrap metal dealer.

Cooper said Lumas cut the valves in pieces before selling them. The valves were tracked to thefts from three different locations on Stockton Hill Avenue in the last two weeks.

Backflow prevention valves are used in plumbing systems to prevent contamination of the water supply. They differ between those used for residential and business plumbing and some are valued at upwards of $300.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 20, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@tom west

"Joe Blow he IS in the counrty of his orgin,"

He certainly does not mention that in his comment. And judging from your spelling skills, you are correct, "you can't fix stupid".

Posted: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Article comment by: tom west

Freankly Speaking
Yo Joe Blow he IS in the counrty of his orgin, he is American Indian. You are in his country maybe you should be deported.
On a more personal note-"You just can't fix stupid"!

Posted: Thursday, February 16, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Joe Blow

"Well, 50 years ago this clown would have been summarily exported to his county of origin."

Pat yourself on the back, you have just joined the ranks of local racist Tru White 'Murican's.

Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Article comment by: Donna W.

Having brown skin does not mean he is an immigrant!

Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Article comment by: Not Joe Blow

Too many Joe Blows around here. These brain surgeons can tell a persons legal status just by looking at them. Amazing! Well, I can pick out a trailer park Republican just by reading what they write.

Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Article comment by: Bill Scaffold

Ernie! I'm disappointed in you. @Joe Blow, Ernie Lumas is a Native American. No deportation for him.

Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Article comment by: Joe Blow

Well, 50 years ago this clown would have been summarily exported to his county of origin.

Now, you can't do that. The ACLU would block that. Why has this country allowed all this pathetic behavior to happen? Nothing is either sacred nor honest. Sad ...

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