Convicted Lab Copper Thief Joshua J. Montoya Faces Probation Violation Arraignment

Staff Report


Joshua J. Montoya, 23, of Espanola, convicted in May of larceny of more than $2,500 in copper from Los Alamos National Laboratory, faces arraignment in First Judicial Court Oct. 16 for a probation violation.

A warrant was issued July 13 for Montoya by Judge T. Glenn Ellington after probation officials in Espanola indicated he failed to report to them following his conditional discharge May 24. He pleaded no contest to the third degree felony charge under the terms of a plea agreement and was sentenced to three years of supervised probation and to pay restitution of $3,474 within three years.

Montoya was originally arrested in July 2016 for stealing large amounts of copper from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Los Alamos Police Department and LANL officials confirmed with an Espanola company that it had purchased 2,709 pounds of copper and brass from Montoya and that he had been paid $3,474.

Montoya was declared an absconder July 13 and Judge Ellington ordered that he be held without bond. He was arrested Aug. 28 and remains in the Rio Arriba County Detention Center.

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