Sheriff's Office

PR #:
2021-100
Date Issued:
Jul 15, 2021 - 11:00AM

For Immediate Release

Dental office employee arrested for commercial burglary conspiracy, performing procedure without license

Case Number:
WC21-2003
Contact:
Sarah Johns
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

Washoe County Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested Laurel Eich, 42, of Reno on multiple felony counts stemming from a commercial burglary at a Sun Valley dental office.

On May 3, 2021 patrol deputies responded to an after-hours alarm call at a dental office on Sun Valley Boulevard. Deputies found a door ajar, and a back window broken. After the business was cleared by K9 deputies, it was discovered that only a cash drawer was disturbed. A total $22,861 was stolen in cash and checks.

During the investigation, detectives identified Eich as a person of interest in the planning and execution of the commercial burglary. During the investigation, detectives also learned that Eich performed 13 tooth extractions at an earlier date and time on one person. Eich admitted to multiple people, including detectives, that she performed the medical procedure and used anesthetic disposed of by the dental office.

With assistance from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Parole and Probation Division, Eich was ultimately interviewed and arrested on July 14, 2021 on multiple counts: one felony count of Performing Surgery on Another Without a License; one felony count of Burglary of a Business, second (or more) offense; one felony count of Grand Larceny Greater Than $5,000 but Less Than $25,000; three felony counts of Violation of Probation or Condition of a Suspended Sentence; and one gross misdemeanor count of Conspiracy to Commit Burglary.

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The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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