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Matthew Clark Sentenced to 5 Years for Crime Spree in Monterey County

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A Prunedale man has been sentenced to more than five years in state prison after pleading guilty to six counts of vehicle theft, according to the Monterey County District Attorney. Matthew Clark, 29, was sentenced to five years and four months for his involvement in a crime spree in June 2014, with his girlfriend and accomplice, Jennifer Lorentz. Lorentz was sentenced to a seven-year prison term in August, according to prosecutors.

In addition to vehicle theft, the two used credit cards found in wallets and purses in a car to make purchases at two Wal-Mart stores and other businesses, prosecutors said. At one point Clark abandoned a stolen Chevrolet Traverse in a field after getting it stuck in mud, according to prosecutors.

In order to leave the scene, he and Lorentz stole a nearby 1990 Honda Accord and drove it away. Lorentz was arrested in a stolen car a few days later, but Clark evaded capture until August 2014. More than a year later on Oct. 6, 2015, he pled guilty to six counts of vehicle theft.

Individuals with information about possible vehicle theft in Monterey County are encouraged to contact Investigator Maribel Torres-Hart at (831) 883-7588 or the District Attorney’s fraud hotline at (831) 755-3224.

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