Reno mayor files lawsuit after tracking device discovered on vehicle

old stag Hillary Shive is suing a private investigator and his company after finding a device attached to his vehicle that was able to track his real-time location.

The lawsuit, first reported Thursday by The Nevada Independent, alleges the investigator trespassed on her property to install the device without her consent. It states that Shivi was unaware until a mechanic saw her working on his vehicle.

The complaint also states that the investigator was acting on behalf of an “unknown third party” whose identity she could not ascertain.

“Shiva’s tracking and surveillance affected him, as it would cause any reasonable person, significant fear and distress,” it reads.

There was no immediate response to a request for comment emailed Friday by The Associated Press to David McNeely, the investigator who allegedly placed the tracking device, and 5Alpha Industries, the company.

Shiva, who filed the lawsuit as a private citizen in Washoe County’s Second Judicial Court, was elected last month to her third term as mayor, a position she has held since 2014. that of invasion of privacy, trespass, civil conspiracy and negligence, plus attorney costs. She is also seeking to know who hired the investigator.

The mayor said in an interview with The Nevada Independent that the mechanic received the tracking device about two weeks before the vote. She brought it to police in neighboring Sparks, and they were able to determine that it had been purchased by McNeely.

“I’m announcing this publicly now, and made no public statement at the time it came out, to make it clear that this is about one thing, and one thing only: It’s okay to stalk people.” There is not,” Shive said in a statement to the AP.

A spokeswoman for the mayor said that Shive went to the Sparks department rather than the Reno police in order to “remove any conflict of interest.”

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

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