Former Agilent Technologies Inc. employee Timothy Charles Webb Jr. was sentenced to two years in prison Tuesday in Sonoma County Superior Court for stealing electronic testing equipment from his employer over a five-year period. Webb, 38, pleaded no contest to burglary and grand theft on May 1, 2008. He admitted his actions over five years cost the company $1.22 million and agreed to pay that amount in restitution to Agilent Technologies, Sonoma County District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua said. Webb’s attorney Jamie Thistlethwaite asked Judge Arthur Wick to grant Webb probation. The judge denied probation and ordered Webb transported to San Quentin State Prison. The Sonoma County Probation Department and Passalacqua’s office recommended a three-year, eight-month prison term. “Even though the ultimate sentence given by the court was not what we hoped, it still is significant and allows Agilent to recoup the damage their ex-employee has caused,” said Assistant District Attorney Diana Gomez. Webb had been laid off from the company in 2005 after 12 years of service. Webb was caught by an Agilent employee removing items from a company workspace on Feb. 24, 2007 and video surveillance camera recorded him fleeing the complex in Santa Rosa. A previous burglary occurred on Feb. 17, 2007. Security agents at Agilent used surveillance footage and a witness to one of the burglaries to identify Webb as the suspect, police said. Santa Rosa police found thousands of electronic items stockpiled in every room of Webb’s home, Passalacqua said. The items included electronic testing equipment, including switches and attenuators. Santa Rosa police estimated $500,000 in electronics were recovered from Webb’s residence when he was arrested in February, 2007.
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