Utica, NY (WIBX) - A Utica man found himself in police custody twice this month. The first time Utica Police arrested 37-year-old Jose Polanco of Lowell Avenue, was during a traffic stop on Bleecker Street three weeks ago, for allegedly driving on a suspended license, and for being in possession of the schedule III controlled substance, Xanax. In that incident Polanco was charged with:

  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, a Misdemeanor
  • Controlled Substance Outside of Original Container
  • Several Traffic Violations

Police say yesterday afternoon they arrested Polanco again for allegedly stealing and then selling the copper piping he took from a house recently damaged by fire. Polanco was taken into custody at Empire Recycling moments after selling the stolen copper piping. According to UPD, he still had his $69,11 receipt for the stolen items.

This time, Polanco was charged with:

  • 3rd Degree Burglary, a Class D Felony
  • Petit Larceny, a Misdemeanor