Man gets probation in solar panel thefts
August 21, 2014
A Washoe Valley man, who admitted taking solar panels from three Douglas County locations, said he’d turned his life around after finding religion.
Geoffrey Meudt and his family are living on church grounds, according to Thousand Hills Church of God Pastor Jack Hutchens, and is doing work around the property.
“God has changed his life,” Hutchens said Tuesday. “I know where he is 24-7.”
Meudt said he’d been sober for 93 days.
Prosecutor Tom Gregory agreed that Meudt had made progress in the last two months, but pointed out he had 13 prior offenses, including a felony.
“This was not a one time offense,” Gregory said. “One of the victims of the solar panel thefts was a church.”
Meudt said he’d been addicted to drugs since he was 8 years old.
“I know what I did was wrong,” he said. “I’m ready to accept whatever punishment. I know I deserve it.”
Meudt was sentenced to a suspended 16-72-month prison sentence and ordered to pay $6,000 resitution.
“I told you this was not a casual crime,” Young said. “I came in here expecting to send you to prison. One reason I didn’t is so you can pay back the victims in the case.”
Meudt must also attend Western Regional Drug Court, do 200 hours of community service and serve 10 weekends in jail.
Meudt admitted to stealing solar panels from two homes and a church in Douglas County between November and March.
In another case of someone stealing to support their drug case, a Johnson Lane woman admitted Tuesday to a count of grand larceny for stealing money from her father.
Casey Anne McDuffee-Dube, 44, owes her father $7,300 which she said she stole to support her methamphetamine habit.
Douglas County Judge Tod Young allowed her to go into a diversion program to deal with her drug addiction.
She said she’d been addicted to methamphetamine for five years.
“I would do four lines in the morning and another 3-4 lines during the day,” she said. She was clean while she was doing counseling, but relapsed. “The drug called me back.”
Defense attorney Derrick Lopez said that McDuffee-Dube does want to change.
Young allowed her to do drug diversion. She has to repay the money, so she needs to get a job. She was ordered to attend Western Nevada Regional Drug Court on Aug. 25.