Vehicle thieves get two years each

An auto thief who was caught after he ran out of gas was sentenced to two years in prison, the Stanislaus County district attorney's office said Friday.

Jose Sanchez Ramirez, 43, of Sacramento was convicted of stealing his friend's 1994 green Dodge Dakota pickup April 5; he then ran out of fuel about 10:30 p.m. in Modesto.

Ramirez left the truck at a Hatch Road market. Officers found Ramirez at his house one block away with the keys to his friend's stolen truck and the truck's stereo.

Also announced Friday:

Ruben Ayala, 27, of Patterson was sentenced to two years in prison for auto theft and transportation of methamphetamine after he was found with a stolen car at a self-serve carwash.

Officers contacted Ayala after they saw him driving a 1991 gray Nissan Sentra reported stolen that day from Los Banos.

Ayala drove the car to the carwash about 9 p.m. March 3 in Patterson and parked it in one of the stalls.

The officers found almost 2 grams of meth in a plastic baggie and a shaved key used to start the car.