A 20-year-old man who was free on bond pending his sentencing on a charge of gross sexual imposition is accused of helping another person break into a truck to steal things.

Nevada Atanasu was charged Friday, July 5, with a class C felony count of criminal conspiracy. He was ordered held Friday on $2,500 bond.

Atanasu is accused of acting as a lookout as another man stole things from a pickup truck parked in the parking lot of the El Rancho Hotel early on the morning of June 23. Surveillance video showed two men in the parking lot, with one opening the driver’s side door of a pickup and removing items while the other kept watch, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Northwest District Court.

The pair stole a backpack that held a laptop, clothes, a knife and $200 in cash, court records indicate. The surveillance video showed one of the men also looking into other vehicles in the parking lot.

Atanasu was identified after an officer spotted him wearing clothes that matched the surveillance video, which then led to a search warrant, charging documents state. The search turned up the clothes at his home.

When Atanasu was interviewed by police, he admitted being with the person who stole the bag, an investigator wrote in the probable cause affidavit. He told officers that he saw the other person going into cars and saw him steal the backpack.

He also told police where the man had been dropped off after the theft, which led officers to the bag, court documents state.

Atanasu pleaded guilty in April to gross sexual imposition, a class A felony, as part of an agreement with prosecutors. He was released on a personal recognizance bond in June and is scheduled to be sentenced on July 31.

Under the terms of the plea deal, Atanasu admitted having sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl, and, if a judge accepts the agreement, he will be sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but the he served before the deal suspended.

A preliminary hearing on the conspiracy charge is scheduled for July 31.


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