On February 11, 2014 the Nevada Department of Public Safety’s Investigation Division received a request for investigative assistance from the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office. As a result of the subsequent investigation conducted by the Investigation Division, police arrested Stephen M. Gustafson, age 63, on one felony count of grand theft.
After officials issued an active arrest warrant for Gustafson on May 8, the former director of Hawthorne Utilities, turned himself in to Investigation Division detectives in Carson City on May 9, 2014. Gustafson’s bail was set at $10,000.
Gustafson allegedly took brass fittings from a retrofit project conducted in Hawthorne which were then transported to Reno and sold to recycling centers. Hawthorne Utilities is a Mineral County owned and operated entity with responsibility for the city utilities including residential water and sewer services and residential garbage pickup.
Officials referred the matter to the Mineral County District Attorney for prosecution review.
Mineral County District Attorney, Sean Rowe, said he was reluctant to discuss any details of the case although he did say officials failed to recover any of the property or money Gustafson allegedly received.
Subsequently, the Independent News requested the court files on the case from the Hawthorne Township Justice Court. Court employees could not find the files for the case.
Gustafson is scheduled for criminal arraignment on a felony charge of Grand Larceny before Judge Jay T. Gunter on May 27, at 10 a.m.