No-contest plea in stolen snowboard case |

No-contest plea in stolen snowboard case

The 23-year-old Sacramento man arrested for stealing a snowboard from Heavenly Ski Resort pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor grand theft charge.

George Ortiz was taken into custody Dec. 27 after Heavenly security officers witnessed the theft by two males just outside the California main lodge. They flagged down El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Fleck who pursued the suspects.

When Fleck caught up with the suspects’ vehicle the two males had fled. Another deputy located a taxicab leaving the area with Ortiz. He was identified as the driver of the suspect vehicle. A second suspect, Joseph Max Gumpfer, 24, of San Bruno, Calif., is still at large. The snowboards were recovered from the vehicle.

Ortiz, a student at Sacramento State University, was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail and ordered to pay complete restitution. His jail time was deferred until June so he could finish the school semester.

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