Man arrested for attempting to sell stolen property

Posted at 5:03 PM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 20:03:09-04

The Kern County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Bakersfield man for attempting to sell stolen property.

On 5/4/17, detectives from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit were contacted by security personnel of a local utility company. The company reported one of their service trucks had been stolen from the Oildale area.

The vehicle was recovered a short time later without any of its contents. Employees of the utility company located some of the stolen tools on an internet based buying/selling app. Detectives learned of the stolen equipment and contacted the person posting the items. Detectives met with the person who posted the stolen tools and equipment.

As result of the investigation, detectives ultimately arrested Jeffrey Copeland, age 54 from Bakersfield. Copeland was in possession of approximately $8,000 worth of stolen tools and equipment. A search of his residence in the 1200 block of Washington Avenue also led to the discovery of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Copeland was arrested for violation of PC 496(a), possession of stolen property, HS 11377(a), possession of controlled substances, and HS 11364(a), drug paraphernalia. He was transported and booked into the Central Receiving Facility.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to call the Kern County Sheriff's Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit at (661)392-4365.