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February 3, 2012 > Copper thieves arrested

Copper thieves arrested

Submitted By Lt. Steven Petrakovitz, Milpitas PD

On January 30, 2012 at about 3:53 AM a Milpitas Police officer found that a fence, which enclosed a vacant business, had been cut. While checking the business, officers saw the beam of a flashlight from inside the building. They located Donica Martinez inside the vacant building. She had copper pipe and wire in her possession that had been removed from the building.

Deborah Ibarra was found sitting in her car which was parked just outside the building. Inside her car was more copper that had been removed from the building. Ibarra was also found to be carrying a hypodermic needle and a methamphetamine smoking pipe.

Martinez was booked into jail for the burglary and possession of burglary tools. Ibarra was booked into jail for burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of hypodermic needles and being under the influence of a narcotic.

Anyone with any information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Milpitas Police Department Crime Tip Hotline at (408) 586-2500, or via the Milpitas Police Department website at:

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