Janesville man sentenced to prison for large copper theft

A Janesville man authorities say stole $1.8 million worth of copper from his employer is sentenced to prison.

Judge James Daley sentenced 44-year-old Steven Stoikes to two years and six months in prison with five years of probation in Rock County Court Wednesday.

Police say for more than seven years, Stoikes would order more copper tubing than was needed for jobs contracted by his employer, and then cut it up and sell it for scrap.

Both Judge Daley and District Attorney David O'Leary say its the largest theft they've ever seen.