A man arrested in a copper wire sting was sentenced Wednesday to 181 days in the Tulare County jail. Jose Baltazar, 46, of Porterville, who worked at a recycling center, pleaded no contest Wednesday to a felony count of receiving stolen property without due diligence and one misdemeanor count of not keeping proper records at a recycling center. Baltazar was caught in the September sting operation when undercover officers brought in copper wire with Southern California Edison markings and told Baltazar it had been stolen, authorities said. Judge James Hollman also ordered him to pay a $500 fine and be placed on three years probation.
Porterville man gets six months in copper wire sting
December 6, 2012 · 6:32 am