RIPON — Two Stockton men suspected of stealing old TVs and metals from the city’s corporation yard recycling bins were arrested by Ripon Police this week
Officer Ken Husman was on patrol near midnight Tuesday when he spotted two men in a silver Kia Sephia loitering in the 100 block of Industrial Avenue on the southeast side of town.
Driver of the vehicle, Roberto Cristobal Ruiz, 38, had no driver’s license. Officers said he also had an outstanding $20,000 warrant for his arrest for a driving under the influence charge with no driver’s license.
Passenger Eric Medina, 43, was charged with giving officers a false name and was found to have a $20,000 bench warrant for his arrest on charges out of Sacramento for possession of a controlled substance.
Both men were also charged with the possession of controlled substance paraphernalia in the form of a glass drug pipe that was found stuffed in a sock in the center console of the vehicle.
One of the two men admitted to seeing the posted signs in the corporation yard stating it was illegal to take items from the city recycling area.
The arrests came on the heels of a pair of cases that involved recyclables a week earlier. Two suspects had been arrested in the no-trespassing city property near the Stanislaus River where they were allegedly stealing scrap metal to recycle for cash.
First Sergeant Steve Merchant said the Ripon Police Department considers the theft of recyclables to be a serious crime. Anyone who is identified as being involved in such thefts will be arrested and prosecution will be sought, he said.