• Car thief sentenced: victims included Pacific Grove residents

    Matthew Clark, age 29, a resident of Prunedale, was sentenced by Judge Carrie Panetta to five years and four months in state prison for vehicle theft. On October 6, 2015, Clark pled guilty to six counts of vehicle theft. Clark committed the car thefts along with his girlfriend, Jennifer Lorentz, who was sentenced in August 2015 to seven years in prison for her role in the car thefts.
    Both Clark and Lorentz went on a crime spree throughout Monterey County from June 18 – June 22, 2014 stealing cars and using credit cards found in wallets and purses found in the cars. During this period, both Lorentz and Clark were observed on store cameras using the victims’ credit cards stolen from cars at both Walmart locations in Salinas and other establishments. On day one of the spree, Clark drove a 2012 Chevy Traverse onto an agricultural field in Pajaro that he had to abandon because he was stuck in soft mud. Both he and Lorentz – who was driving a stolen 2002 Nissan Sentra and similarly stuck in mud – found a nearby 1990 Honda Accord and stole it to get away.

    On June 22, 2014 Clark in conjunction with Lorentz continued the crime spree into Pacific Grove stealing cars, taking items within and abandoning the cars along the way. The spree came to a halt when Lorentz was finally arrested on June 22, 2014 in another stolen car in Pajaro. Clark remained at large until his arrest in August 2014.
    These cases were investigated by MCSO Deputies Arras Wilson, Diana Foster, CHP Officer Chris Browning, PGPD Officers Rachel Beuttler, Brian Gorman and District Attorney Investigator Maribel Torres.

    Vehicle theft is widespread in Monterey County. The District Attorney’s Office-Economic Vehicle Theft Unit works in conjunction with the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department Multi-Agency Detail for Commercial Auto Theft (MADCAT) in investigating and deterring vehicle theft throughout the County. Members of the public having information about possible vehicle theft are encouraged to report what they know to DA Investigator Maribel Torres-Hart at 831-883-7588, the District Attorney’s Office Fraud Hotline at 831-755-3224, CHP Detective Chris Browning at 831-755-3818, or MCSO Detective Arras Wilson at 831-755-7279.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on November 5, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log

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