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Nevada mayor sues private investigator after finding GPS tracking device in vehicle


Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve is suing a private investigator and his company after finding a real-time GPS tracking device attached to her vehicle.

The lawsuit, which was first reported Thursday by The Nevada Independent and filed in the Washoe County Second Judicial Court, alleges the investigator entered his property to install the device without his consent.

The Nevadan, according to the complaint, didn’t realize it until a mechanic noticed it while working on her vehicle.

In addition, the investigator had been working on behalf of an “unidentified third party” whose identity the mayor has not been able to determine, according to the lawsuit.

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FILE – Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve speaks during the 90th annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors at the Peppermill Resort Hotel in Reno, Nevada, on June 3, 2022.
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“The monitoring and surveillance of Schieve caused him, as it would cause any reasonable person, significant fear and distress,” according to the complaint.

Schieve, who brought the suit as a private citizen, shared an image of the device with the newspaper.

She seeks restitution for invasion of privacy, trespassing, civil conspiracy and negligence, as well as attorneys’ fees.

She is also trying to find out who hired the investigator.

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Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve kicks off the “Pride in the Plaza” event with a speech.
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Fox News requests for comment from David McNeely, the researcher who allegedly planted the tracking device, and his company 5 Alpha Industries were not immediately returned.

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Schieve told the Nevada Independent that Sparks police were able to determine that the device had been purchased by McNeely, which he found only weeks before his re-election.

“I’m announcing this publicly now, and I didn’t make any public statements at the time it was discovered, to make it clear that it’s about one thing, and one thing only: it’s not okay to harass people,” Schieve told The Associated Press.

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve introduces 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, not pictured, during a campaign event at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada on August 25, 2016.

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve introduces 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, not pictured, during a campaign event at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada on August 25, 2016.
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A spokesperson for the mayor told the AP that Schieve had gone to the Sparks police department instead of the Reno police to “stay away from any questions about conflicts of interest.”

The complaint also alleges, without offering additional evidence, that 5 Alpha Industries had “installed similar tracking devices on other vehicles of many other prominent members of the community.”

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In a statement provided to The Nevada Independent, McDonald Carano’s lead attorney Adam Hosmer-Henner said the complaint is based on a “shocking” invasion of privacy.

“We will vigorously seek to determine who hired the private investigators and will amend our complaint to file claims against them as well,” Hosmer-Henner said. “In addition, we have been informed that monitoring and surveillance was not limited to Ms. Schieve and therefore potentially affected community members should inspect their vehicles and property for similar devices.”

Associated Press contributed to this report.



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