RENO, Nev. – Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve is suing a private investor and his company after finding a device attached to her vehicle that was able to track its real-time location.
The lawsuit, first reported by The Nevada Independent on Thursday, alleges that the investigator entered her property to install the device without her consent. It is said Schieve was not aware of this until a mechanic noticed it while he was working on her vehicle.
The complaint further states that the investigator worked on behalf of an “unidentified third party” whose identity she was unable to ascertain.
“The persecution and surveillance of Schieve caused her, as any reasonable person would cause, considerable anxiety and distress,” it said.
There was no immediate response to a request for comment emailed Friday by The Associated Press to David McNeely, the investigator who allegedly planted the tracking device, and 5 Alpha Industries, the company.
Schieve, who filed the lawsuit as a private person in Washoe County Second Court, was elected to her third term as mayor last month, a position she has held since 2014 due to negligence as well as attorney fees. She also wants to know who commissioned the private detective.
The mayor agreed an interview with The Nevada Independentthat the mechanic found the tracking device about two weeks before the vote. She took the device to the police in neighboring Sparks and they found it had been purchased from McNeely.
“I am now publicly announcing this and have not made any public statements at the time of discovery to make it clear that this is about one thing, and one thing only: it is not okay to stalk people,” Schieve said in a statement AP.
The complaint also alleges, without offering additional evidence, that the company “installed similar tracking devices on other vehicles of several other prominent community members.”
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