Alleged copper thieves nabbed in Milpitas

Two people were arrested by Milpitas police early Saturday for allegedly stealing copper piping and other materials from a Montague Expressway commercial building.

According to Milpitas police, an officer was patrolling the area at about 3 a.m. when he spotted a suspect walking around one of the buildings. Officials say the suspect was wearing a headlamp and walking toward a van parked nearby. A second suspect, a woman, was then spotted running to the same van.

Joan Joslyn & Michael Duran

The pair tried to flee the scene, but the patrol officer managed to stop the van before they got away. The officer was able to recover evidence of copper theft inside the vehicle and made the arrests.

Police say 45-year-old Sacramento resident Joann Joslyn was behind the wheel and 43-year-old Cupertino resident Michael Duran was the passenger. They were each charged with trespassing, vandalism, grand theft, possession of stolen property, and possession of burglary tools, among other crimes.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Milpitas police at (408) 586-2400. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call (408) 586-2500 or visit the Milpitas police website.

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Alleged copper thieves nabbed in Milpitas was last modified: January 10th, 2019 by admin
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