County task force finds 2 stolen cars

Vehicle theft investigators arrested one man and were looking for a second man Wednesday after they spotted two stolen cars in west Modesto.

After a pursuit, members of the Stanislaus County Auto Theft Task Force recovered both stolen cars. No injuries were reported.

The incident began shortly after noon near North Carpenter Road and Elm Avenue. The task force was in the area when investigators spotted a stolen 1989 Toyota Camry, said Detective Steven Stanfield, a Modesto police spokesman.

As investigators prepared to pull over the Toyota, they spotted a 1985 Honda Accord in the same area. They moved in to pull over both stolen cars, but the Honda fled.

The Toyota was stopped near Shirley Court and Elm Avenue, just west of North Carpenter Road.

Stanfield said the investigators arrested the driver, Shane Thomas, 22, on suspicion of vehicle theft and possession of stolen property.

Other investigators continued pursuing the fleeing Honda.

Stanfield said the pursuit ended near Del Rey and Louise avenues in central Modesto, where the driver stopped the car and ran away.

Authorities created a perimeter around the area, west of Tully Road and southeast of Jim Pike Park, and searched for the driver, but he eluded them.

Stanfield said the investigators later identified the driver of the stolen Honda as Dallas Rampley, 25, of Modesto.

Rampley is a wanted parolee and is now wanted on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of stolen property and violating parole.

The investigators did not know if there is any connection between Thomas and Rampley, Stanfield said.

Police ask anyone with information about Rampley's whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Tipsters also can e-mail tips through the Crime Stoppers Web site, CrimeStoppers, or text tips to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus a message. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward.

Bee staff writer Rosalio Ahumada can be reached at or 578-2394.