Monday, March 22, 2010 | 10:40 a.m.
A preliminary hearing was scheduled Monday for Boulder City’s constable, who is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house and stealing several firearms.
Larry Markotay, 42, the chief constable of Boulder Township, is charged with burglary while in possession of a firearm, three counts of grand larceny of a firearm and two counts of possession of stolen property.
His attorney, Bill Terry, appeared on his behalf this morning in front of Justice of the Peace Stephen George to request a preliminary hearing date. George scheduled the hearing for 9:30 a.m. July 19.
Boulder City Police arrested Markotay after he admitted to picking the lock at his ex-girlfriend’s house on Feb. 14 and taking several firearms. He said he had loaned his girlfriend the firearms before their breakup in August 2009, police said.
He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center without bail but is no longer in custody.
The woman told police Markotay gave her the firearms after he appointed her as reserve constable of Boulder Township in December 2008, a police report indicated. Markotay provided her with a deputy constable badge and identification card, authorizing her ability to conduct investigations and make arrests, police said.
As acting constable, police said, Markotay needed to order the firearms for his job, however, documentation was missing. Documentation was also missing for the appointment of Markotay's ex-girlfriend as reserve constable.
During a search of Markotay’s office, home and three storage areas, police said they found 85 firearms, including 35 rifles, six shotguns and a firearm with an obliterated serial number. He also had more than 24 badges from various agencies and drug paraphernalia, police said.
Markotay is also facing charges of DUI and fleeing the scene of an accident after crashing his duty-vehicle into a light pole near Utah and Seventh streets on Feb. 22. A citizen called 911 to report that a car had crashed into a light pole and that the occupants had left on foot.
His peace officer certificate will be revoked if he is convicted of a gross misdemeanor for the crash or felony charges in connection with burglary, authorities said.