After a two week joy ride after stealing his mother’s work truck, 31-year-old Jesse James Wagner was arrested for vehicle theft under VC 10851(a), a felony.
Wagner was found with a female passenger driving a 2003 Toyota Tundra he had stolen from his mother. During his detainment and arrest it was found that Wagner was also under the influence of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a misdemeanor under the Health and Safety Code 11550 (a). This is not the first time Wagner has faced criminal charges. He was previously convicted of of residential burglary in Contra Costa County, a violation under PC 667 (b) in which he had used violence during the offense.
The next court hearing is on June 6, 2014 at 1:30 in Department 35. A pre-sentencing hearing was held in Dept. 35 before the Honorable Hector E. Ramon. In response to the charges, Wagner entered a plea of ‘No Contest’ on April 30, agreeing to 32 months in county jail sentence for the offense. Wagner has an extensive criminal history and faced time for driving a stolen vehicle while being involved in a vehicle pursuit with Contra Costa Officers in Oakley, near Antioch in Contra Costa County.
The Santa Clara Police Department filed a report on Jan 28, 2014 for the theft of a delivery vehicle in which he had taken his mother’s purse and other personal items. SCPD Officers located Wagner near 2905 Butte Street in Santa Clara after performing a routine traffic stop. It was determined that Wagner was driving a stolen vehicle and was in possession of several counterfeit bills in $5, $20 and $50 denominations.
When officers located the bills they were found in the back seat scattered around with only the front side of the bill printed. Other $20 and $50 counterfeit bills were also found in Wagner’s wallet. A HD printer was also located in the vehicle at the time of his arrest.
When Wagner was asked if he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he told officers he smoked a “bowl” at a friend’s house earlier that day. Wagner’s mother told officers that he did not have permission to drive the truck, and that he sole it from her house two weeks earlier. She requested that files be charged against him. Wagner was then booked into the Santa Clara Main Jail in which a medical technician drew blood samples and booked them into evidence for the methamphetamine use reported.