Man put on probation in dispute about pricey bicycles |

Man put on probation in dispute about pricey bicycles

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

A judge recently placed a man on probation for 12 months for his role in a dispute about his possession of pricey bicycles he had taken as compensation for recycling services during a bike show.

Stuart Nachlas, who is 39 years old and last had a listed address in Old Town, must also pay a $500 fine by May 10, 2011, at a rate of $50 per month. He may reduce the fine by performing community service at a rate of $5 per hour. Nachlas completed 15 hours of community service sometime before June 9, the Third District Court said.

Judge L.A. Dever indicated restitution would be set later and Nachlas must complete a class addressing errors in thinking. The judge sentenced Nachlas to 365 days in jail. The entire term was suspended.

Nachlas in March pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted theft, both class A misdemeanors. The charges were greatly reduced from the one prosecutors originally filed. At that time, Nachlas faced a second-degree felony theft count, punishable by a prison sentence of between 1 and 15 years and a $10,000 fine. Class A misdemeanors are punishable by one year in county jail and a $2,500 fine upon conviction.

The case received widespread attention last fall after the Park City Police Department arrested Nachlas in a sting operation in Old Town.

Investigators said Nachlas took the bicycles after he was hired to perform recycling services during an event organized by bicycle maker Cannondale at the Marriott in Prospector in July. Prosecutors, however, later said it was not clear whether Nachlas was entitled to the bicycles as payment for the recycling services. The police had indicated as many as six bicycles were involved as well as a bicycle frame.

The police said he put the bicycles up for sale on the KSL television website. An officer posed as a buyer and other officers arrested Nachlas afterward, the police said at the time.

The police initially put the bicycles’ value at between $20,000 and $30,000, but formal charging documents later put the value of the bicycles and accompanying equipment at approximately $12,000.

The attorney who represented Nachlas declined to comment.

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