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Two Grass Valley residents accused of logging credit card numbers and other account information gleaned from stolen mail pleaded not guilty in Nevada County Superior Court.

Renee L. Reichert, 26, and William E. Beard, 42, each face seven counts of stealing credit card information and a single count of possessing stolen checks. Beard entered his plea Feb. 14, Reichert’s came Feb. 11, and both have felony conferences Thursday.



After a Jan. 18 traffic stop near Depot Street in Grass Valley, police reported finding Reichert and Beard with a backpack full of stolen mail and an address book containing a list of account numbers.




Reichert later told investigators Beard would read her credit card and bank numbers from the stolen mail while they sat in their Grass Valley motel room, and she would write them in her address book, according to a postal inspector’s report.

Reichert told investigators that Beard called stealing mail easier than dealing drugs, according to a report filed with the complaints.

Reports with the complaints list 33 people or businesses whose mail allegedly was found with the defendants. Several recovered checks were issued by the Food Bank of Nevada County.

In other cases:

— Joseph W. Cole, a 19-year-old Grass Valley-area resident, was arraigned Wednesday on one count of lewd or lascivious acts with a child. He’s scheduled to enter a plea Thursday.

Cole is accused of sexually abusing a girl Feb. 15 at a home south of Grass Valley.

— Arlo M. Harland, a 27-year-old transient, pleaded not guilty Feb. 14 to burglary, grand theft, petty theft with a prior conviction, resisting arrest and misdemeanor marijuana possession. His felony conference is Thursday.

The Sheriff’s Office claims Harland manipulated change machines at the Glenbrook Laundromat on Nov. 11 and 29 to extract coins. He was arrested Nov. 29 after a foot chase across the Golden Center Freeway, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.


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