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Pair arrested, one for auto theft, other for drugs & warrants
Jeff Richmond and Wynona Ross Sobieralski
Jeff Richmond and Wynona Ross Sobieralski

Two Ceres residents were jailed early Thursday, July 2 when an officer discovered one was riding around in a stolen car.

At 2:55 p.m., Officer Adam Hall spotted a maroon Honda Accord in the area of Moffett and Glasgow Drive driven by a suspicious acting man. As Officer Hall flipped a U-turn to get behind the Honda, the driver abruptly pulled over just south of Hatch Road where the driver got out and walked up to a female. The two then walked eastbound on the canal bank running parallel to Hatch Road. Meanwhile, Officer Hall ran a record check on the vehicle and learned it had been stolen in Hughson.

Officer Hall apprehended the pair at gunpoint on the canal bank until additional officers arrived. Jefferey Lee Richmond, 42, of Ceres, said he obtained the car from a friend but was unable to provide his friend’s name and declined to answer any more questions. Richmond’s wallet was located in the front passenger seat along with his hat, GoPro and two illegal fireworks. A records check revealed Richmond was on felony probation for possession of a stolen vehicle and a felon in possession of a firearm.

Officer Hall spoke to Wynona Louise Ross Sobieralski, 43, of Ceres and determined she was not involved with the stolen vehicle. However, Officer Kyle Morris searched her and found a bag inside of her purse containing methamphetamine. Sobieralski also had several misdemeanor warrants issued by Modesto Police Department for possession of a controlled substance.

The registered owner said he had all the keys to his car when it was stolen but that the key in the ignition was not his.

Both were arrested and booked into the Public Safety Center. Richmond was charged with auto theft, possession of stolen property, and probation violation. Sobieralski was charged with possession of a controlled substance and five warrants for drug possession.