(Super. Ct. Nos. CR114211, CR094095, CR096061)
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Robie , Acting P. J.
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After defendant Marco Antonio Medina was found to possess information from stolen credit and ATM cards, a jury found him guilty of fraudulent possession of an access card (Pen. Code,*fn1 § 484e, subd. (d) -- count 1); and receiving stolen property (§ 496, subd. (a) -- count 2).
On appeal, defendant claims the prohibition upon dual convictions for theft and receipt of the same property bars him from being convicted of both charges. The People concede defendant's conviction on count 2 was improper, and we agree.
Oscar Ruiz, an acquaintance of defendant's family, discovered one morning that someone had stolen his wallet from the glove box of his truck. In his wallet was his bank credit card and his credit union ATM card. Ruiz reported the theft to police.
Later that day, deputies encountered defendant walking with Jasmeet Samra across a motel parking lot toward a fast food restaurant. Samra told deputies his identification was in the motel room, and they all went back to the room. In a trash can in the motel room, deputies found Ruiz's stolen credit card and his ATM card. A scrap of paper in the room had the letters "Muf" and "Jess"; defendant's nickname is "Muffin Man" and another person in the room when deputies arrived was named Jessie.
In defendant's pants pocket was a card key that appeared identical to the motel room card key in Samra's possession and a folded piece of paper with Ruiz's name and the account information, pin number and expiration date from Ruiz's credit and ATM cards.
Defendant was charged with acquiring Ruiz's card access information without his consent and with intent to defraud (§ 484e, subd. (d) -- count 1), and with receiving stolen property, i.e., Ruiz's stolen cards (§496, subd. (a) -- count 2).
A jury found him guilty of both charges. The trial court ultimately selected the receiving stolen property charge as the primary conviction, sentenced defendant to prison for the upper term of three years, and committed him to jail under section 1170, subdivision (h); it also sentenced defendant to a ...