Burglar faces up to 45 years in prison for casino theft

Nathanael Burton Smith. Washoe County jail photograph.
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RENO, NV (KOLO)-- A man faces up to 45 years in prison when he is sentenced September 10, 2019 for stealing more than $29,000 in electronic equipment and power tools from the Peppermill Resort Hotel, the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

A Washoe District Court jury on Friday found Nathanael Burton Smith, 31, guilty of three counts of burglary and two counts of grand larceny. Evidence showed Smith drilled out locks three times to get access to the Peppermill’s audio/video storage room, the district attorney’s office said.

The Reno Police Department investigated the case after being notified Feb. 20, identified Smith as a suspect and used surveillance video to identify the vehicles Smith used in the burglaries. Social media accounts positively identified Smith as the suspect, the district attorney’s office said.

Police arrested Smith and found some of the stolen items in his motor home.

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