Man admits Walmart burglary
A 43-year-old Indian Hills man pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglary in connection with a commercial burglary at Walmart on Topsy Lane.
In a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to recommend a suspended sentence of 12-36 months and recommend probation on the condition that Glen Richard Blackthorn successfully complete drug court and pay restitution.
District Judge Tod Young set sentencing for July 23, and released Blackthorn on his own recognizance.
“I would like to get out and start proving myself. I am capable of working programs and getting my children back,” Blackthorn said.
Blackthorn is suspected of stealing two shopping carts of merchandise from Walmart at Topsy Lane on April 1 and loading them in his yellow truck.
Authorities questioned Blackthorn at his residence on Calcite Drive, and he reportedly admitted his part in the thefts.
While searching the residence, deputies discovered a hypodermic needle in a wastebasket within reach of three children.
Blackthorn faces a maximum of 10 years in Nevada state prison and a $10,000 fine.
He admitted using methamphetamine, and Young cautioned him to remain drug-free.
“Here’s the deal,” Young said. “If you’ve got a problem with methamphetamine, there’s every chance in the world you’re going to use again. Prove me wrong.”
Blackthorn is under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing, must abstain from alcohol and drugs, and is subject to random search and seizure for illegal substances or stolen property.
He is forbidden to have firearms or dangerous weapons.
Blackthorn is forbidden to enter Walmart, and the judge suggested he begin substance abuse counseling.
■ An Indian Hills woman is set for trial Dec. 16 after she pleaded not guilty Tuesday to an allegation that she trafficked in methamphetamine.
Tearsa Lynn Chaidez, 32, denied a charge of trafficking in a controlled substance, a class A felony.
District Judge Tod Young set the date after both sides said they thought the trial would take 3-1/2 days.
She was arrested Oct. 22, 2012, after more than a pound of methamphetamine was allegedly found in a safe at her home.
She is accused of having 1 pound, 14 ounces of methamphetamine in a safe inside her home along with scales, a ledger and $4,800 in cash.
Investigators discovered the safe on Oct. 22 while conducting a search in an unrelated case.
At a preliminary hearing in April, Douglas County Investigator Ted Duzan testified he and another officer found the safe in a bedroom.
He testified he could see money, packaging and what looked like an illicit drug by shining a flashlight through one quarter-sized hole in the back of the safe and looking through a second hole.
Duzan said that Chaidez allowed him to take the safe to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Station where authorities opened it.
Chaidez is out of custody on $25,000 bail.