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Convicted Felon Pleads Not Guilty for Attempted Copper Wire Theft at Hook Park

VICTORVILLE-( Two men were arrested on Saturday, July 4th at approximately 6:00 A.M., for allegedly attempting to steal copper wire from the baseball field lights at Hook Park on Joshua Street and Arlette Drive.

Deputies from San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Victorville Station were dispatched to Hook Park following the report of suspicious activity in the baseball field. The men, identified as 36-year-old Joshua Rivera and 23-year-old Hubert Salazar were allegedly witnessed by deputies pulling the copper wire from the lights.

Both men were booked into High Desert detention center, where Salazar was later released. There is no court appearance for Salazar scheduled at this time.

Rivera, according to court records, has a prior strike for an October 2014 Burglary, where he also was convicted of the misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. Following a plea agreement, he was released from custody on January 13, 2015 with 83 days time served and 3 years probation.

Rivera appeared in court on Tuesday, July 7th for an arraignment and probation review hearing, where he pleaded not guilty to vandalism of $400 or more and denied violation of probation for his October 2014 offenses.

He is being held at the High Desert Detention Center in lieu of $150,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 15, 2015 for a pre-preliminary and probation revocation hearing.

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