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A Santa Rosa man faces 11 years in prison for stealing a vehicle with a toddler inside it in March. Adam Marshall Paoli, 27, pleaded no contest to vehicle theft and child endangerment in Sonoma County Superior Court Friday. He will be sentenced Aug. 9. Paoli spotted an idling pickup left unattended by the driver who walked a brief distance to retrieve his wife in a downpour on Bethards Drive around 5 p.m. on March 24.
Paoli drove off in the truck with the driver and his wife chasing him, Ravitch said. There was an 18-month-old toddler in the back seat, and after driving a short distance, Paoli left the running truck in a parking complex five blocks away on Tachevah Drive in Santa Rosa, Ravitch said. Detective Matt Crosbie with the Sonoma County Auto Theft Task Force followed up on a 911 call Paoli gave, using a false name, in which he informed authorities where the truck could be found.
Crosbie traced the caller’s phone number to Paoli’s address within blocks of the auto theft, Ravitch said. Video surveillance tape and Paoli’s cellphone that was found in the stolen pickup led to Paoli’s arrest, Ravitch said. Paoli also pleaded guilty to possessing a stolen vehicle on Nov. 8, 2011, Ravitch said. The defense and prosecution agreed to an 11-year prison term as part of the plea agreement, Ravitch said.
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