DCSO makes three more arrests in burglary case
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has made three more arrests in connection with the burglaries at the Industrial Park in Gardnerville.
Robert W. Neese, 31, of Gardnerville has been charged with four counts of possession of stolen property and four counts of burglary, all felonies. He is also charged with being under the influence of drugs.
Lori L. Taylor, 39, and Greg A. Dolgin, 35, both of the Gardnerville Ranchos, have been arrested for possession of stolen property.
Neese, the only suspect charged with burglary, remains in custody. His bail has been set at $102,500. He appeared in East Fork Justice Court Monday and is scheduled to appear again today for a pre-preliminary hearing.
According to the court record, based on interviews and investigation, DCSO investigators believe Neese is responsible for break-ins at Evergreen Electronics, Warren’s Inland Marine, Manny’s Carpets and Golden Nugget Automotive. He is also believed to have been responsible for a burglary at the Carson Valley Church of the Nazarene.
“Mr. Neese has admitted to possessing much of the stolen property, himself although he denies committing the burglaries,” according to police reports.
Taylor is out on bail, and Dolgin remains in custody.
Two previous arrests were made on Dec. 12 when Mitchell C. Swift, 36, and Catherine A. Pickard, 48, were charged with possessing and receiving stolen property.
Both were out on bail, but Pickard has been rearrested for allegedly being under the influence of drugs and possessing hypodermic needles. Her bail was revoked Monday in East Fork Justice Court, and she remains in custody on $30,500 bail. She also faces two other counts of possessing a controlled substance and hypodermic needles from an Oct. 28 1997 charge. All charges will be addressed during a pre-preliminary hearing today in Justice Court.
Swift appeared in Justice Court Jan. 9, where his case was bound over to District Court. His attorney, Jack Sheehan, indicated plea bargaining is under way with the District Attorney’s Office. Swift plans to plead guilty to one count of possessing stolen property at his Feb. 9 arraignment.
Multiple burglaries occurred between Nov. 22 and Dec. 4 at about five businesses in the industrial center. The Industrial Park Property Owners Association and Douglas County Secret Witness had offered a combined $3,000 reward for information regarding the burglaries, and about 60 percent of the property stolen was recovered by late December. The items recovered included computers, TVs, VCRs, tools, wetsuits and a 1998 GMC sport utility vehicle. The combined value of the property is estimated at $32,000 to $37,000.
According to police reports, all the suspects admitted to investigators that they had possessed some of the stolen property.
Investigators at the sheriff’s office have indicated they could not have made the progress in the case without the help of the Industrial Park property owners and tips from the community. The investigation is not over, and the sheriff’s office is hoping to receive more information from the public.
The sheriff’s office urges anyone with information to contact Investigator Rick Brown at 782-9905. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Douglas County Secret Witness at 78-CRIME (782-7463).