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February 20, 2014
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Second suspect held in Walmart burglaries

Bail is $8,000 for a 26-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man, who has been charged with three counts of conspiracy and petit larceny in connection with a series of burglaries at Walmarts in Northern Nevada.

Scott Edward Price was transported to Douglas County Jail on Tuesday from Washoe County where he served 20 days in custody on an unrelated charge.

He and codefendant Logan Schwartz, 25, are accused of multiple burglaries from Walmarts in Gardnerville, Carson City and Reno.

The defendants have accused each other of being the masterminds in the burglaries that authorities say occurred in September and October until Schwartz was arrested carrying a flat-screen television from the Gardnerville Walmart.

Schwartz reportedly told investigators he and Price were responsible for 30 other Walmart thefts, committed on nearly a daily basis.

He said the thefts were committed to support their heroin habits.

In one month, Schwartz pawned 45 items in Carson City for $5,600, according to reports. He reportedly told investigators it was getting more difficult to pawn items because he kept showing up at the same shops, arousing owners’ suspicions.

Schwartz pleaded guilty in January to burglary. He is set for sentencing March 17 by District Judge Michael Gibbons.

East Fork Judge Tom Perkins appointed lawyer Kris Brown to represent Price, and set his next court appearance for Wednesday.

Perkins refused Price’s request for release on his own recognizance or a bail reduction. The suspect said he wanted to pursue drug treatment.

Prosecutor Erik Levin opposed the request.

“I believe the likelihood of further harm to himself or the community is fairly high,” Levin said. “He is a heroin addict with no means to support his habit.”

Perkins told Price if he bailed out, he would be subject to supervision by the Department of Alternative Sentencing, and may not have drugs, alcohol or other intoxicants.


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