Ron Freitas
District Attorney
RON FREITAS District Attorney, San Joaquin County
Protecting Our Community Since 1850 222 E. Weber Avenue, Room 101, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201
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News from the Office of District Attorney Ronald J. Freitas
For Immediate Release
July 11, 2023
CONTACT: Lee Neves, Media Consultant
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Defendant Sentenced to 32 Months in State Prison for Copper Wire Theft

Stockton - On July 6, 2023, Lorenzo Ortega Ochoa, aka Lorenzo Ochoa Vital, 57, pled guilty to the following Felony counts:

  • PC 487(A)- Grand Theft: Money/Labor/Property
  • PC 496(A) Receiving Known Stolen Property
  • PC 466 Possession of Burglary Tools

Mr. Ochoa Vital admitted guilt to the theft of AT&T copper wire in Acampo. The theft of copper wire involves the cutting and theft of material that is often associated with telephone lines. These thefts can impact residents, causing them to be unable to make phone calls to 911, along with causing local businesses in the area affected by the thefts to shut down for a period of time. Mr. Ochoa Vital also admitted to a prior felony conviction for Arson in 2017. As a result of his guilty plea, he was sentenced to 32 months in State Prison and was ordered to pay restitution for the damage caused to phone lines as a result of his theft.

The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office will continue to prosecute cases of copper wire theft vigorously as these crimes cause widespread damage and disruption to our local communities.