A former Cache Valley man was ordered to serve six months in jail after a jury found him guilty of theft by receiving stolen property, a second-degree felony.
“I honestly did not steal anything from anyone,” Carlos Ibarra said when he was sentenced on Tuesday.
Ibarra, 31, was arrested in November 2017 after the owner of a rental home in Newton reportedly entered the property and found it filled with what appeared to be stolen property valued at nearly $30,000.
According to court records, hundreds of unopened tools, hardware, electrical items and other merchandise with labels belonging to Sears were found inside the home, and a similar stash was found in a shop on the property.
Police said Ibarra was previously employed at Sears and quit his job there after he was confronted about theft.
Investigators presented evidence to a jury on March 22 and jurors quickly found him guilty.
“The jury did not struggle with this,” Cache County prosecutor Barbara Lachmar said. “He is guilty of this crime and it is a very serious crime.”
Sentencing guidelines suggested 45 days in jail, and his defense attorney asked for private probation services in an apparent attempt to avoid deportation.
Instead, Ibarra was ordered to serve six months in jail and he is expected to complete 36 months of probation, supervised by Adult Probation and Parole.
A restitution hearing will be held at a later date.