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Man does not appear in court

Andy Bourelle

One of the people arrested in connection with the burglaries at the Industrial Park in Gardnerville failed to appear in court yesterday.

Neither Mitchell C. Swift, 36, of the Gardnerville Ranchos nor his attorney, Jack Sheehan, appeared in East Fork Township Justice Court at 9 a.m., the time scheduled for a preliminary hearing.

“If there is not a reasonable explanation for why they weren’t there, there will be a bench warrant issued (for Swift),” said Deputy District Attorney Dina Salvucci. “If it was just miscommunication, or there was a reasonable explanation, then it will probably just be rescheduled.”

Swift is charged with receiving stolen property and possession of stolen property. He was arrested along with Catherine A. Pickard, also of the Ranchos, on Dec. 12. He also faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools he was arrested for on Dec. 8.

Multiple burglaries occurred at the Industrial Park in November and December, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office recently recovered more than half of the property stolen. The recovered property includes computers, TVs, mechanic tools, two wet suits and a 1998 GMC sport utility vehicle. Between $32,000 and $37,000 worth of goods were recovered. The arrests and recovery of property came with the help of the Industrial Park Property Owners Association, who pooled together and offered a $2,000 reward for information, which was put with an additional $1,000 from Douglas County Secret Witness.

The investigation is ongoing.

Both Swift and Pickard are currently out on $25,000 bail. Pickard’s scheduled court date is Jan. 7.