Suspect pleads |

Suspect pleads

by Andy Bourelle

The upcoming jury trial of the man accused of burglarizing two Gardnerville Industrial Park businesses last Thanksgiving has been canceled, and the suspect has pleaded guilty to an amended complaint.

Robert William Neese, 32, of the Gardnerville Ranchos appeared before District Judge Michael Gibbons April 8 and pleaded guilty to a category C felony charge of possessing or receiving stolen property. Two burglary counts and two counts of possessing stolen property, all category B felonies, were dismissed.

Neese will be sentenced June 1. He faces a maximum of five years in Nevada State Prison and a $10,000 fine.

Neese allegedly burglarized two Industrial Park businesses over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend. Neese, with the help of Mitchell Calvin Swift, allegedly stored stolen property at a number of acquaintances’ residences in the Ranchos and attempted to sell the items.

Douglas County Secret Witness and The Industrial Park Property Owners Association put up a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of people responsible.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Swift, 36, in December during an alleged attempted sale of stolen items, and they arrested Neese in January. Three others were arrested and charged with possessing stolen property, and investigators recovered more than $30,000 worth of property reported stolen from Industrial Park businesses.

Swift has pleaded guilty to a felony count of possessing stolen property. Gibbons sentenced him on March 30 to four years of probation, with an underlying sentence of four years in prison.

A hearing has been scheduled for April 27 to determine restitution for burglary victims.

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