A 26-year-old Modestan was sentenced to 16 months in prison this week after being convicted of being the getaway driver in an elementary school heist.
On March 12, Daniel Lee Walter Cole drove two men to Rose Avenue Elementary School in Modesto, where the men took a school projector and other property, authorities said. A witness noted the license plate number of Cole's car.
When authorities contacted Cole, he admitted his involvement and told authorities he would help them try to recover the school property. He led the police to a motel where one of the men was staying.
Police recovered stolen property from other school burglaries, but not the projector from Rose Avenue School.
Also announced Thursday by the Stanislaus County district attorney's office:
Matthew Allen Ratliff, 28, of Ceres was sentenced to 16 months in prison after being convicted of auto theft this week.
On Nov. 13 in Modesto, Ratliff was in the process of buying a 1995 Nissan Sentra from the registered owner for $3,000 when Ratliff took off with the car and never returned it.