Chapter 5. Larceny - California Penal Code Section 496a

496a.  (a) Every person who is a dealer in or collector of junk,
metals, or secondhand materials, or the agent, employee, or
representative of such dealer or collector, and who buys or receives
any wire, cable, copper, lead, solder, mercury, iron, or brass which
he or she 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 a 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 that property, and
shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than
one year, or by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section
1170, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or
by both that fine and imprisonment.
   (b) Any person who buys or receives material pursuant to
subdivision (a) shall obtain evidence of his or her identity from the
seller, including, but not limited to, that person's full name,
signature, address, driver's license number, and vehicle license
number, and the license number of the vehicle delivering the
   (c) The record of the transaction shall include an appropriate
description of the material purchased and the record shall be
maintained pursuant to Section 21607 of the Business and Professions

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