Shoplifters face prison time

A man serving prison time for a similar crime was sentenced to another 12-30 months on Tuesday for burglary of a business for shoplifting from a north county shoe store.

Manuel Anthony Coleman, 54, admitted the May 7, 2022, theft from Famous Footwear.

While both his defense attorney and prosecutors recommended he serve a 12-30-month sentence simultaneously with his current time, District Judge Tod Young ran them one after another.

Coleman was sentenced for a similar offense in Carson City in August 2023.

He was described by prosecutor Jim Sibley as a professional thief with 16 separate offenses dating back to 1987.

According to the Nevada Department of Corrections, Coleman has four theft-related felony convictions for which he’s served prison time.

• A 61-year-old Reno man faces up to five years in prison and has to pay $699.98 restitution after he admitted Tuesday to a felony count of burglary of a business.

Under an agreement, prosecutors agreed not to see habitual criminal status or oppose probation against Richard Glenn Gardner in connection with what was described as a four-hour foray into the Target.

Gardner was arrested on April 16, 2023, for loading up clothes and other things.

Gardner was convicted of grand larceny in Washoe County and served prison time in a case involving a stolen trailer.

Part of the agreement was that Gardner would be released on his own recognizance pending his April 16 sentencing, but it took some convincing for the judge to agree.

District Judge Tod Young released Gardner, but suggested he stay out of trouble and have the restitution in hand when he returned.

• An Oregon man is facing a suspended sentence after he was arrested on Sept. 23, 2023, with 21 grams of methamphetamine.

Luke James Polich is hoping that he will receive a diversion in connection with the case.

There are two other drug felonies on his record, but he told the judge that those cases were dismissed and sealed after he’d finished a previous diversion.

He was told to bring proof of those dismissals when he returns for sentencing on March 26. Under an agreement he would receive a suspended 12-30 month sentence on condition he participate in a treatment program.


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