Man convicted in slot machine burglaries sentenced to prison

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE: A man convicted on multiple burglary and grand larceny charges, including a series of slot machine burglaries throughout Washoe County, has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years.

Michael Robinson, Jr. pled guilty in August to 21 felony counts of Burglary (13 counts) and Grand Larceny (8 counts).

The sentencing stemmed from an investigation in August of 2018 into a series of slot machine burglaries resulting in more than $35,000 in loss.

The Washoe County District Attorney's Office says surveillance footage collected from some of the targeted locations showed Robinson and Mathew Wiley breaking into the restaurants and prying open the slot machines before taking the money inside. Robinson and Wiley were located and arrested.

Wiley ultimately pled guilty in May to one count of Grand Larceny and was sentenced in June to 10 years in prison with the possibility of parole after 4 years has been served.

At sentencing, DDA Bolenbaker argued that Robinson’s repeated victimization of local businesses combined with an extensive criminal history was deserving of a lifetime sentence.

ORIGINAL STORY: Two 37-year-old men have been arrested for a series of burglaries at local bars. The burglaries took place in the early morning hours when the businesses were closed. The thieves targeted slot machines inside the businesses.

Detectives from the Reno Police Department, Sparks Police Department and Washoe County Sheriff's Office began investigating these cases, as each agency had similar crimes in their jurisdictions. Detectives identified potential suspects and began surveillance, arresting the men after a burglary in Sparks early the morning of August 20, 2018.

The investigation is ongoing, but detectives say they believe the men are responsible for at least 14 burglaries with a total loss of more than $35,000.

In custody are Michael Robinson and Matthew Wiley.

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