Abandoned classic car leads to felony arrest

A Topaz Ranch Estates man is facing felony charges in connection with the theft of a classic yellow El Camino from a collector.

Ethan Seann Mayotte, 41, was scheduled to appear in East Fork Justice Court on Wednesday on multiple charges ranging from petite theft to felony auto theft.

Charges stem from incidents starting with an August accusation of shoplifting.

According to court documents, the burglary and auto theft were uncovered after a caretaker visited the owner’s residence and found it had been gone through. Several vehicle keys were found to be missing, along with the El Camino and an ATV.

The El Camino had been abandoned along Highway 395 because it had run out of gas. Deputies allegedly found two jail pay cards that returned to Mayotte. He was arrested Oct. 12 after the thefts came to light, shortly after he was released from jail on the larceny.

Last week, attorney Maria Pence said they were looking at a global resolution to the cases.

■ A homeless woman, who heaved rocks through the front window of a Gardnerville dojo, admitted a count of misdemeanor wilful destruction of property.

The woman was released on her own recognizance on Wednesday and ordered to stay away from Lampe Corners.

The woman was taken into custody shortly after midnight Sunday in connection with the incident. The victims were in the office when the rocks came through the window and held her until deputies arrived. A representative of the dojo said damages could exceed $10,000.

■ A Carson City woman is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance and credit cards without the owners consent.

April Dawn Palomo, 43, appeared in East Fork Justice Court after her Sunday evening arrest.

Palomo has a pending case in Carson City and was out on bail on another drug possession charge out of Douglas County.

Her bail was set at $5,000 bondable.

■ A man facing 11 felony counts appears to have made it an even dozen after a charge of battery by a prisoner was added.

Robert Vieth Wilson, 65 appeared in East Fork Justice Court on Monday where attorney John Malone was appointed to represent him. He is scheduled to return to court Nov. 4.

Wilson is denying the multiple trafficking counts filed by the District Attorney’s Office. He has been in custody since Oct. 16, 2019.


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