• Copper Thieves Finally Get Jail Time


    VISTA (CNS) – Two men who stole several thousand dollars worth of copper
    wire from North County job sites after being hired to repair telephone lines
    in the area were sentenced today to jail time and placed on three years
    probation.
    Apple Valley residents Jean-Paul Allee, 30, and James Kuhio Ulmer, 43,
    pleaded guilty last month to felony grand theft charges.
    Ulmer, who has a prior conviction for receiving stolen property, was
    sentenced to 180 days in custody. Allee was given credit for 66 days in jail.
    David Edward Murphy, 40, also of Apple Valley, and David Rivas, 41, of
    Los Angeles, pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor grand theft charges and
    were sentenced immediately to three years probation and given credit for time
    served, said Deputy District Attorney George Loyd.
    The defendants worked for Gulbranson Services Inc., an Oro Grande-based
    company hired by AT&T to repair telephone lines that were damaged in a fire
    last June, said San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Bishop.
    The sergeant said the four men used large service trucks to remove
    several thousand dollars worth of telephone lines.
    Some of the thefts and removal of wire resulted in the loss of telephone
    service in the area, Bishop said.
    According to Bishop, detectives had the temporary company storage yard
    under surveillance April 5 when Rivas and Murphy arrived with a spool of stolen
    AT&T wire.
    While detectives were still there, Allee and Ulmer arrived in a large
    service truck with a heavy steel spool containing used AT&T telephone wire,
    Bishop said.
    Detectives later learned that particular spool and telephone wire had
    been stolen from job sites in Rancho Santa Fe and Pala, the sergeant said.

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