2 sentenced in stolen car cases

The Stanislaus County district attorney's office announced these sentencings Friday:

Kenneth Ray Wagner, 54, of Empire was sentenced to four years eight months in prison after being convicted of two counts of auto theft.

On Jan. 4 at 12:45 a.m. near Crows Landing Road and South Seventh Street in Ceres, Wagner was driving a 2000 black Dodge Intrepid that had been reported stolen from an apartment complex on Scenic Drive in Modesto. An officer who pulled him over observed damage to the steering column.

Wagner claimed he borrowed the car from a friend named "Tommy" but had no other contact information for him.

On Feb. 27 at 8:05 a.m. near South Ninth Street in Modesto, Wagner was driving a 2001 black Chevy Camaro that had been reported stolen out of a driveway on Montague Court in Modesto. The victim had left the keys inside his unlocked car while he retrieved an item from his house.

After Wagner was pulled over, Wagner claimed that he bought the car for only $100 since the seller told Wagner the car was "hot" and the seller needed to get rid of the stolen car.

Gabino Solis Padilla, 30, of Modesto was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of methamphetamine.

On March 6 at 10 a.m. near Rio Grande Avenue in Modesto, officers received a tip that Padilla was stripping a 1995 white Honda Civic. When officers arrived, they found Padilla near the stolen vehicle that was being dismantled.

In Padilla's backpack, officers found a jack, lug wrench and stereo that all came from the stolen Honda Civic. Padilla also possessed a plastic baggie that contained methamphetamine.