Man to go to prison for possession of stolen property
A Gardnerville Ranchos man – whom the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office believes burglarized two Industrial Park businesses over the Thanksgiving 1997 weekend – will be spending at least two years in prison.
Robert William Neese, 32, appeared before District Court Judge Michael Gibbons Monday for sentencing.
Neese pleaded guilty April 8 to a felony possession of stolen property charge, avoiding a jury trial on two burglary and two possessing stolen property charges, all felonies.
Deputy District Attorney Tom Perkins explained Monday that the district attorney’s office felt confident Neese committed the burglaries and could prove it. However, the plea negotiation was accepted because prosecutors felt the maximum prison sentence for the amended charge would be suitable.
“It’s quite clear this man committed these offenses,” Perkins said.
Gibbons ordered the maximum sentence of five years in the Nevada State Prison, with parole eligibility after two years.
Neese, who admitted possessing stolen property, denied committing the burglaries.
“I do not know who committed the burglaries,” Neese said. “I do not know. I did not commit the burglaries.”
Neese and Mitchell Calvin Swift – who also denies committing the burglaries – stored the stolen property at a number of acquaintances’ residences in the Ranchos and tried to sell the items.
Gibbons sentenced Swift, 36, in March to four years probation for possessing stolen property. The underlying sentence is four years in prison. At an April 27 hearing, Gibbons ordered Neese to pay $6,000 and Swift $650 in restitution for missing items which were not returned.
Approximately $15,000 worth of computers, TVs, VCRs, tools, wetsuits and other items from Industrial Park businesses were recovered by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in December. Besides Neese and Swift, three other Douglas County residents were arrested and convicted for possessing stolen property in connection with the crimes.
The arrests and property recovery came largely as a result of $3,000 award offered for information about the crimes. The Industrial Park Property Owners Association offered $2,000, and Douglas County Secret Witness offered $1,000 on top of that.
Industrial Park businesses reportedly had previous break-ins, but the Thanksgiving burglaries facilitated the award offers.
Neese has two prior theft-related felony convictions and was on parole at the time of his arrest.
“You get this sort of record – you go to prison,” Gibbons told Neese. “That’s what happens.”
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