he district attorney says 31-year-old Ernesto Castanuela Jr. was sentenced Friday in Weld County District Court.
Castanuela was convicted in October of automobile theft, serial theft and criminal mischief. The judge also ruled he is a habitual criminal.
Prosecutors say the habitual criminal designation required a sentence of four times the maximum for the crimes he was convicted of.
Authorities say the ring stole wallets, purses and electronics. Some were recovered.
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