An 18-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos suspect pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony burglary, admitting he broke into his father’s barber shop, and stole cash, a machine gun, and a rifle.
Seth Daniel Rogers faces up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine at his sentencing April 1.
He is eligible for probation if he has no prior burglary convictions, and is seeking admission to Western Nevada Regional Drug Court.
He is accused of breaking into Main Street Barber Shop on Jan. 17.
“I was coming down from a high on methamphetamine,” Rogers said. “I had no money, and I broke in through the window.”
Rogers said he took $150 in cash, and a Kahr Arms replica Thompson machine gun and replica Sharps 1873 Republican rifle.
The shop owner said he was displaying the guns for friends at the barber shop, and wasn’t selling them himself.
Rogers said Tuesday he returned the weapons to his father, but already spent the money.
Young refused to release Rogers on his own recognizance, or lower his $25,000 bail.
“He’s got a methamphetamine problem. Eight weeks (until sentencing) is a really long time for a methamphetamine addict,” Young said. “If he really wants to change his life, he needs to be sober.”
Young said Rogers could attend drug court as a jail inmate, and ordered a substance abuse evaluation.
“This is not to simply punish you,” Young said. “I don’t know if you’re going to get in drug court. I want you to succeed. You are a smart young man. You have to have a chance to allow your mind to heal.”
If Rogers bails out, he will be under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing.
In exchange for Rogers’ guilty plea, felony charges of grand larceny of a firearm and possession of stolen property were dismissed.