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Fresno auto thief who boasts 1,000 heists gets probation

A Fresno man who claimed to have stolen 1,000 cars in less than a year won't serve any jail time for his crime spree.

Instead, a judge placed him on probation, blaming the state's prison realignment for her decision.

Robert Frederick Wollert, 32, will serve five years probation for his misdemeanor and felony convictions, the Fresno Bee reported.

Wollert bragged when he was arrested Oct. 20 that he had stolen 1,000 vehicles since December 2010. The prosecutor and defense attorney in the case said that's probably an exaggeration.

Fresno County Superior Court Judge Houry Sanderson said if Wollert trips up once, he'll go to jail; she suggested time behind bars might be appropriate to "keep the community free of your menacing behavior."


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