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RENO, Nev. — Reno Mayor Hilary Schieve is suing a private investigator and his company after finding a device attached to her car that was capable of tracking its location in real time.

The lawsuit, first reported by The Nevada Independent on Thursday, claims the investigator broke into her property to install the device without her consent. It says Shive was unaware until a mechanic noticed it while working on his car.

The complaint also alleges that the investigator was working on behalf of an “unknown third party” whose identity he was unable to determine.

“Following and monitoring Shive as it would have caused any reasonable person considerable fear and anxiety,” it said.

There was no immediate response to a request for comment sent Friday by The Associated Press to David McNeely, the investigator believed to have installed the tracking device and 5 Alpha Industries.

Shive, who filed the lawsuit in Washoe County’s Second Judicial District Court as a private citizen, was elected to his third term as mayor last month, a position he has held since 2014. He seeks damages for invasion of privacy, trespass, civil conspiracy and conspiracy. negligence, as well as attorney’s fees. He also tries to find out who hired the investigator.

The mayor told The Nevada Independent that a mechanic found the tracking device about two weeks before the vote. He brought it to police in neighboring Sparks, and they were able to determine that McNeely had purchased it.

“I’m announcing it publicly now, and I made no public announcement at the time it was discovered, to make it clear that it’s about one thing and one thing only. it’s not good to chase people,” Shiev said. statement to the AP.

A spokeswoman for the mayor said Shive went to the Sparks department, not the Reno police, to “avoid any question of conflict of interest.”

The complaint also alleges that, without offering further evidence, the company “installed similar tracking devices on other vehicles of numerous other prominent members of the community.”


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