Kingman valve theft suspect nabbed

Ernest Lumas

Ernest Lumas

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.