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January 30, 2014
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Man admits multiple Walmart burglaries

A 25-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man faces up to 10 years in prison after he admitted multiple Walmart burglaries.

Logan Schwartz pleaded guilty Monday to one count of burglary, but is accused of four other incidents at the Gardnerville Walmart in October.

He agreed to pay restitution, and although the other allegations weren’t charged, Judge Michael Gibbons is free to consider them at sentencing on March 17.

Schwartz is in Douglas County Jail on $50,000 bail; Gibbons said he wants a hearing if Schwartz is able to bail out.

He was arrested at his residence on Oct. 31 after he was identified as the suspect who stole a television from Walmart in Gardnerville on Oct. 23.

“How do you walk out of the store with a TV?” Gibbons asked.

“They recovered it,” Schwartz said. “I put it in the cart and walked out.”

He told Gibbons he stole the television to support his drug habit.

Schwartz was identified through a video of the Oct. 23 television theft.

When officers arrived at his residence, he reportedly admitted the theft, and a number of other burglaries, and directed deputies to the stolen TV that was in a vehicle in his garage.

Schwartz has two prior felony convictions. He was convicted of trafficking in a controlled substance on Sept. 25, 2007, and possession of a controlled substance for sale on Nov. 15, 2011.

In August 2012, Schwartz was terminated from a drug treatment program in Reno, and ordered to serve a 3-year prison sentence for the sales charge. He had been kicked out of the Salvation Army program in Reno for a curfew violation.

■ A 45-year-old Vista, Calif., man faces up to five years in prison after admitting Monday that he battered a woman so severely she suffered damage to her right eye.

Scotchilyn Phalz pleaded guilty to battery causing substantial bodily harm stemming from an incident Nov. 13, 2013, near the Zephyr Cove campground.

According to reports, the victim suffered serious disfigurement and damage to her eye and face.

Attorney Derrick Lopez, representing Phalz, said she suffered broken bones around her eye that resulted in surgery to implant plates in the damaged area.

Prosecutor Rick Casper said the victim had reported a loss of peripheral vision.

District Judge Michael Gibbons asked that the victim be present at sentencing if she wished to make a statement.

“I hit her and I don’t know what happened,” Phalz said. “I am guilty of that.”

He has been in Douglas County Jail on $25,000 bail since the incident.

According to reports, the victim called 9-1-1 about 8:25 p.m. to report she had been battered. Phalz denied the charge, and said she struck him, but he might have hit her as he was defending himself.

When he was taken into custody, Phalz was covered with blood, according to reports.

In a plea agreement with the district attorney, both sides agreed to a joint recommendation of 48 months in Nevada state prison, and that Phalz will not ask for probation.

Gibbons reminded the defendant that it is up to the judge to decide the sentence no matter what the recommendation is.


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