A private investigator placed a GPS tracking device on Reno Mayor’s vehicle – The Nevada Independent
After a tracking device placed by a private investigator was discovered on Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve’s private vehicle, attorneys on Schieve’s behalf filed a complaint to find out who hired the investigator, demanding a refund for invasion of privacy, trespassing and civil conspiracy.
Lawyers filed suit against private investigator David McNeely and 5 Alpha Industries in Washoe County’s Second Judicial District Court Thursday. The complaint alleged that McNeely and 5 Alpha Industries invaded Schieve’s property to install a sophisticated GPS tracking device in their vehicle for an unnamed customer and then received up-to-the-minute updates of Schieve’s location.
“At a time of heightened political unrest, the recent disclosure of the defendants’ actions has still shaken conscience,” the complaint reads, adding that that person will be added to the complaint once the name of who hired the private investigator is known .
In a statement released after the complaint was filed, McDonald Carano’s lead attorney Adam Hosmer-Henner said the complaint was based on an “outrageous” invasion of privacy.
“We will aggressively try to find out who hired the private investigators and amend our lawsuit to bring claims against them as well,” Hosmer-Henner said. “Furthermore, we were informed that the tracking and surveillance was not limited to Ms. Schieve and that potentially affected community members should inspect their vehicles and property for similar devices.”
McNeely and 5 Alpha Industries did not immediately respond to a voicemail and email asking for comment.
Image of the GPS tracking device found on Mayor Hillary Schieve’s vehicle (courtesy of Hillary Schieve).
In the complaint, the attorneys wrote that installing the device was an invasion of privacy and caused Schieve “significant anxiety and distress.” They determined that tracking Schieve’s whereabouts was an invasion of privacy, and similar tracking devices may have been attached to vehicles owned by other members of the Reno community.
In an interview Thursday, Schieve told The Nevada Independent that auto mechanics found the tracker during routine vehicle maintenance almost two weeks before the election. After discovering the device, Schieve took it to the Sparks Police Department, who identified McNeely as the buyer.
“I was shocked. To be honest, I had a bad stomach,” Schieve said. “I would never want this to happen to a family member, a young girl. It’s an invasion of privacy. It’s stalking. It’s just great alarming.”
The complaint comes from Schieve as a private individual and not in her capacity as mayor.
This story was updated at 1:50 p.m. Thursday, December 15 to include a statement from lead counsel Adam Hosmer-Henner.