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Waterford man sentenced in burglary, Mustang theft

Patrick Leon Robinson, 28, of Waterford was sentenced to four years and four months in state prison after being convicted of auto theft, burglary and possession of a firearm by a felon, the district attorney's office announced.

On Feb. 20 at 10 a.m., a deputy was dispatched to investigate a burglary at Cavanagh's Flying Service in Waterford. Although numerous drawers had been rifled through and their contents scattered on the floor, only a $2 bill was missing. Acting on a tip, the deputy located the $2 bill in Robinson's possession. According to authorities, Robinson claimed that he broke into the business to use the phone, and took the $2 bill because "you never know when you're going to need two dollars."

On March 14 at 3:30 a.m. near I and 12th streets in Modesto, an officer saw Robinson driving a 1966 white Ford Mustang reported stolen just hours before. Robinson's girlfriend was in the passenger seat. After he was stopped, Robinson stated that he saw the unlocked Mustang and decided to hot-wire it because he and his girlfriend needed a ride to get to Oklahoma. The officer observed that the car contained several luggage bags that belonged to Robinson and his girlfriend.

The officer also found a loaded sawed-off shotgun with the names "Bonnie" and "Clyde" scratched in the side of the wooden stock. Robinson then said he had bought the shotgun from someone on the street. The officer found a camera with images of Robinson and his girlfriend posing with the shotgun and wearing a mask.

Among other sentences announced:

Leonel Jimenez, 29, of Livingston was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison after being convicted of auto theft, evading a peace officer and resisting arrest. On July 30, 2009, at 6:30 a.m. on northbound Highway 99 by the Turlock rest area, a California Highway Patrol officer observed a 2001 gray Honda Accord traveling in excess of 85 mph. When the officer tried to stop the car, it accelerated to more than 110 mph and exited the freeway at Lander Avenue. The driver ignored a red traffic signal, then hit a raised curb before crashing into a chain link fence. The driver jumped out of the car and ran, but Jimenez was caught a short distance away hiding behind a bush. Jimenez claimed that the car belonged to his girlfriend. The owner stated that Jimenez was a family friend and had been staying at the owner's home in Livingston. The night before, the owner had left her vehicle unlocked in her garage with the keys in the ignition.

Pamela Lynn Williams, 32, of Modesto was sentenced to 16 months in prison after being convicted of possession of a stolen vehicle. On March 4, the victim rented a room with a female acquaintance at America's Best Inn on Kansas Avenue in Mo- desto. Williams is the sister of the female acquaintance. About 4 a.m., Williams took the keys to the victim's 1999 tan GMC Sierra pickup, drove away and didn't return. The owner called the police to report his truck as stolen. On March 10, Wil- liams was arrested with the truck at the Vagabond Inn on McHenry Avenue in Mo- desto.

David Diaz Mendoza, 21, of Modesto was sentenced to 16 months in prison after being convicted of auto theft, evading a peace officer and resisting arrest. On Feb. 14 about 10:30 p.m. near Hatch Road and Stonum Drive in Ceres, Mendoza was seen stealing a 1992 green Honda Accord from the owner's driveway. The owner immediately called 911 to report the theft. Within seconds, officers located the vehicle and tried to stop it. Mendoza accelerated to more than 65 mph in a 25 mph residential zone and failed to stop at several stop signs. During the pursuit, Mendoza hit a fire hydrant and sideswiped another car. Mendoza crashed the car and tried unsuccessfully to escape on foot. After being arrested, Mendoza claimed that he took the vehicle because he had needed a ride.

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