Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve is suing a private investigator and his company after she found a device attached to her vehicle capable of tracking its real-time location. The lawsuit, reported by The Nevada Independent on Thursday, alleges the investigator trespassed on her property to install the device without her permission.
Sheaves said he didn’t know until a mechanic noticed it while working on the vehicle. According to the complaint, the investigator was working on behalf of an “unidentified third party,” whose identity has not been confirmed. “Skeeve’s tracking and surveillance caused her because it would have caused any reasonable person, significant fear and distress”.
David McNeely, the investigator accused of placing the tracking device, and 5 Alpha Industries did not immediately respond to an emailed comment by The Associated Press on Friday. Schieve, who filed the lawsuit as a private citizen in Washoe County’s Second Judicial Court, was elected to her third term as mayor last month, a position she has held since 2014.
She attacked privacy, trespass, civil conspiracy, and negligence. as well as attorney’s costs. She is also inquiring as to who appointed the Inquiry Officer. The mayor told The Nevada Independent in an interview that the mechanic discovered the tracking device two weeks before the vote. She brought it to the police in neighboring Sparks. They were able to determine that it had been purchased by McNeely.
“I’m announcing this publicly now, and didn’t make public announcements at the time it was discovered, to make it clear that this is one thing and one thing only: stalking people is not okay,” Schieve said in a statement. Announcement to AP. A spokeswoman for the mayor said Schieve went to the Sparks department rather than the Reno police to “clear up any questions of interest.”
Without providing additional evidence, the complaint alleges that the company “installed similar tracking devices on other vehicles belonging to several other prominent community members.” Stern is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms.