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Convictions announced in auto theft cases

The Stanislaus County district attorney's office recently announced the following convictions in auto theft cases:

— A parolee who was caught with a stolen car in his garage, as well as stolen credit and identification cards, was sentenced to five years four months in prison. Adam Santana Jr., 31, of Modesto was arrested Aug. 28, 2007, after a routine parole search in his home. He pleaded guilty to two felonies and also admitted prior convictions for auto theft and assault on a peace officer.

— A Hayward man was sentenced to three years in prison for auto theft and evading a peace officer. California Highway Patrol officers spotted a 2007 Dodge Nitro speeding on southbound Highway 99 in Turlock on Jan. 16. Instead of pulling over, the car accelerated, reaching speeds of 130 mph. Paul Abraham Elmaguid, 22, was arrested after he crashed near the Winton Parkway exit in Livingston. The car had been stolen in Hayward two weeks earlier.

— A Coulterville man was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing a 2004 Caterpillar tractor-trailer in San Jose. Mathew Lee Oneal, 44, was arrested after Stanislaus County sheriff's deputies responded to a LoJack notification from the tractor. Oneal was spotted towing the tractor-trailer about 8 p.m. April 2 in Modesto. He claimed that he purchased the vehicle, but had no bill of sale or proof of title or insurance.

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