Phillip Stott, 51, a Reno resident, was arrested following an operation by the Northern Nevada Repeat Offender Program on Feb. 3 in which he was seen stealing mail from several boxes in west Reno. A search of Stott’s residence resulted in the recovery of additional evidence related to Stott’s criminal activities.
The operation was the result of a spike in mail thefts and subsequent fraudulent check activity from August 2009 through January 2010. Stott eventually pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary related to his crime spree.
Flanagan sentenced Stott to life in prison with parole eligibility after 10 years on the first burglary count and four to 10 years prison concurrent to the first sentence on a second burglary count.
Additionally, Stott has been indicted by the federal government for mail theft and will face additional charges and possible prison time once he serves his time in the Nevada Department of Corrections.