Pipe fitter accused of taking copper from lab

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Ongoing theft > LANL employee suspected of selling 2,700 pounds of copper

Police arrested a Los Alamos Laboratory pipe fitter July 14 for allegedly stealing $15,000 to $20,000 in copper fittings and pipe from tech areas 3, 48 and 35.  
The suspect, Joshua J. Montoya, 22, of Velarde, was arraigned in court Friday.
Montoya was charged with one count larceny (over $2,500 but less than $20,000). He was released Friday after posting a portion of a $5,000 cash/surety bond.
LANL officials reported to the Department of Energy Office of the Inspector General July 12 that some of the copper was taken sometime between the night of July 9 and the morning of July 12.
Investigators were able to trace the copper to Gallegos Scrap Metal LLC, a scrap yard in Española.
The scrap yard’s owner, Tim Gallegos, reportedly told investigators July 13 that Montoya sold him the copper. Investigators were able to match Montoya to the sales records and driver’s license information Gallegos kept of the sales.  
After a more thorough examination of the records, LANL investigators and the Los Alamos Police Department reported they determined Montoya had stolen copper materials from LANL several times a week since May 31.

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