Three Arrested Amid Enhanced Enforcement Efforts Against Wire Theft in San Joaquin County
Originally published 6-5-23 via Facebook
by the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office:
“The Community Revitalization Unit has been tasked with identifying and bringing wire thieves to justice and have been working diligently to find who is responsible for damaging the county’s critical infrastructure for personal gain.
While working these cases, CRU Deputies are developing leads on suspects, vehicles, and are developing plans to capture them red handed. In this case, a target vehicle was identified, located, and after a traffic stop was conducted, stolen and burnt AT&T wire was found inside the vehicle.
The driver, Francisco Mendez, was found to have a felony warrant for auto theft and was on his Own Recognizance (O.R.) pending that matter when he committed more crimes. CRU Deputies continued their investigation and learned where he was staying, conducted a search and discovered more stolen wire, drug paraphernalia, weapons, and other instruments to further his crimes.
He was booked again, this time for Possession of Stolen Property (496(A)) committing a felony while on O.R (12022.1(b)), possessing an unregistered firearm (25850(c)(6)), conspiracy (182(a)(1)), felony property damage (594(b)(1), Grand theft (487(j)), possession of burglary tools (466), and his outstanding warrants.
AT&T is currently offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who can help identify others involved with copper wire theft.”
Photos (Courtesy of San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office):