Teen set to plead in weapon theft
A 19-year-old Gardnerville man is to appear Feb. 27 in District Court on allegations that he convinced two juveniles to steal a weapon so they could become gang members.
Robert Fordin was charged with principal to burglary, principal to grand larceny of a firearm, and possession of stolen property stemming from the incident which occurred in April 2011.
According to reports, Fordin reportedly told the teenagers if they stole the weapon from a Nortenos gang member he would make sure they became members of the Juggalos to which he claimed allegiance.
Nortenos are traditionally Latino gang members while the Juggalos are followers of Insane Clown Posse, or other Psychopathic Records hip-hop groups.
Authorities were tipped to the theft by Fordin’s mother, and discovered the missing weapon in a shed where Fordin also was living on his grandmother’s property.
He was released on bail Jan. 25, but taken back into custody Feb. 1 on allegations of possession of drug paraphernalia and violating a court order.
According to Fordin’s lawyer, Tod Young, the new charges are to be dismissed after he pleads guilty in the felony case.
— A 23-year-old Gardnerville man was sentenced to 30 days in Douglas County Jail, suspended, after he admitted taking a handicap shopping cart for a joyride inside Raley’s and spitting on the floor.
“There was no excuse for it. It was not smart,” Alex Turria told East Fork Judge Tom Perkins of the Feb. 3 incident.
Deputies were called to the Gardnerville store when Turria refused to stop riding the cart and was spitting on the floor.
He told Perkins he was under the influence of marijuana.
Perkins also ordered Turria to write an apology to a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy and stay out of trouble.
He gave Turria credit for five days in jail and suspended the rest of the sentence for two years.
— Proceedings were continued Wednesday for two weeks for a 22-year-old Carson City man with prior theft convictions and now facing new charges while he waits for admission to an in-patient treatment program.
Lawyer Tod Young said his client, Brooks Greenlee, had applied for admission to the Salvation Army program. Young asked for the continuance pending Greenlee’s acceptance to the long-term treatment.
Greenlee was arrested Jan. 27 for allegedly stealing a calculator from Walmart. He was charged with burglary, two counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of stolen property, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Store security personnel said Greenlee took the calculator, fled the store without paying, eluding employees who were trying to detain him, and jumped in a waiting vehicle.
He and another man were apprehended traveling southbound on Highway 395. The calculator was in the original packaging on the center console of the vehicle.
Deputies also found marijuana, methamphetamine and paraphernalia in the vehicle and a laptop computer with a bar code and property tag belonging to the Carson City School District. The item had been reported stolen from Carson Middle School.
Greenlee said Wednesday he was fine with the delay.
“I’m OK with whatever you guys recommend,” Greenlee said. “I requested the Salvation Army because I don’t want to become an institutionalized human being.”