Burglary ring suspect pleads

A Carson City woman suspected along with three others in a burglary ring that reached from Douglas County to Verdi pleaded guilty in Carson City District Court on Tuesday.

Heather Olea, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of stolen property. In exchange for the plea, other charges against Olea were dismissed. But as part of the plea agreement, all of the victims can testify during the sentencing May 10.

According to court documents, Olea, Brian Gaudette, 23, Christopher Buttz, 18, and Andrue Madden, 18, burglarized homes and vehicles in Carson City, Douglas County and Washoe County.

More than 450 items of stolen property were recovered from Carson City homes during the investigation.

Gaudette pleaded guilty last week to three counts of possession of stolen property.

He will be sentenced April 19.

Madden and Gaudette are expected to plead to charges in Douglas County as well. Also before Judge Todd Russell on Tuesday:

• Paul Lawrence Johnson Jr., 20, was sentenced to 18-48 months in prison on third-offense domestic battery. He punched his pregnant girlfriend in the temple on New Years' Eve, knocking her out.

• Benjamin Berg, 20, pleaded guilty to grand larceny. He'll be sentenced April 26.

• Walter Jay Anderson III, 50, pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor destruction of jail property.

• David Catalani, 32, pleaded guilty to grand larceny and conspiracy to exploit a vulnerable person for stealing items from his girlfriend's disabled son.


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