Receiving Stolen Property, Penal Code 496(a)
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Receiving Stolen Property
Penal Code § 496(a). (a) Every person who, being a dealer in or collector of junk, metals or
secondhand materials, or the agent, employee, or representative of such
dealer or collector, buys or receives any wire, cable, copper, lead, solder,
mercury, iron or brass which he knows or reasonably should know is ordinarily
used by or ordinarily belongs to a railroad or other transportation, telephone,
telegraph, gas, water or electric light company or county, city, city
and county or other political subdivision of this state engaged in furnishing
public utility service without using due diligence to ascertain that the
person selling or delivering the same has a legal right to do so, is guilty
of criminally receiving such property, and is punishable, by imprisonment
in a state prison, or in a county jail for not more than one year, or
by a fine of not more than two hundred fifty dollars ($250), or by both
such fine and imprisonment.
(b) Any person buying or receiving material pursuant to subdivision (a)
shall obtain evidence of his identity from the seller including, but not
limited to, such person's full name, signature, address, driver's
license number, vehicle license number, and the license number of the
vehicle delivering the material.
The record of the transaction shall include an appropriate description
of the material purchased and such record shall be maintained pursuant
to Section 21607 of the Business and Professions Code.