Carlsbad man gets probation for shoplifting stolen generators

Ruben Gonzalez of Carlsbad was given probation for shoplifting and receiving stolen power generators.

A Carlsbad man received probation for allegedly shoplifting and receiving stolen power generators in 2020, according to Fifth Judicial District Court records.

Fifth Judicial District Judge Jane Shuler-Gray pronounced Ruben Gonzalez, 25, guilty on Feb. 3 and placed him on five years’ probation on four counts of shoplifting and four counts of receiving stolen property, court records read.

Gray suspended a six year prison sentence for Gonzalez and gave him 135 days for pre-sentence confinement credit, per court records.

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Carlsbad police accused Gonzalez in February 2020 of stealing four power generators from four Carlsbad home improvement stores, read a criminal complaint filed by police.

Value of the stolen generators was estimated at over $500 a piece, the criminal complaint stated.