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, first reported Thursday by The Nevada Independent and filed in the Washoe County Second Court, alleges that the investigator entered her property to install the device without her consent.
The Nevada native was unaware, according to the complaint, until a mechanic noticed it while working on her vehicle.
In addition, the investigator worked on behalf of an “unidentified third party” whose identity the mayor could not determine, according to the lawsuit.
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FILE – Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve speaks during the 90th Annual U.S. Conference of Mayors at the Peppermill Resort Hotel in Reno, Nevada June 3, 2022.
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“The persecution and surveillance of Schieve caused her, as any reasonable person would cause, considerable anxiety and distress,” the complaint reads.
Schieve, who filed the lawsuit as a private individual, shared a picture of the device with the newspaper.
She is seeking compensation for invasion of privacy, trespassing, civil conspiracy and negligence, and attorneys’ fees.
She also tries to find out who hired the investigator.
Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve opens the Pride in the Plaza event with a speech.
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Fox News requests for comment from David McNeely, the investigator who allegedly planted the tracking device, and his company 5 Alpha Industries were not immediately answered.
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Schieve told the Nevada Independent that Sparks police were able to determine the device had been purchased from McNeely, which they found just weeks before her re-election.
“I am announcing this publicly now and at the time it was discovered I made no public statements to clarify that this is about one thing and one thing only: it is not okay to stalk people,” said Schieve Associated Press.
Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve introduces 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, not pictured, during a campaign event at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada August 25, 2016.
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A spokesman for the mayor told the AP that Schieve went to the Sparks Police Department rather than the Reno Police Department to “stay clear of conflict of interest questions.”
The complaint also alleges, without offering additional evidence, that 5 Alpha Industries “installed similar tracking devices on other vehicles belonging to several other prominent community members.”
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In a statement to The Nevada Independent, McDonald Carano’s senior 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.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Julia Musto is a reporter for Fox News and Fox Business Digital.