Prolific Bay Area auto thief sentenced to 23 years in prison

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An Oakland man has been sentenced to 23 years in federal prison in connection with a robbery spree two years ago that included auto thefts in San Francisco and Oakland as well as a massage parlor holdup in Petaluma.

Ismael Eduardo Axtle, 31, was sentenced in accordance with a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.

The spree began July 27, 2011, when Axtle and an accomplice held up at gunpoint the attendant of a parking garage on Fifth Street in San Francisco. They reportedly had to move a Nissan that was parked in the garage in order to gain access to an Acura TL. They fled with the Acura and cash from the attendant’s booth.

Days later, Axtle carjacked a BMW from a driver in The City, prosecutors said. About a month later, he reportedly drove the BMW to Turlock while carting methamphetamine and a firearm.

Then on Nov. 17, 2011, Axtle and unknown co-conspirators robbed the Petaluma massage parlor. The following day, Axtle carjacked a family in an SUV at gunpoint while being chased by Oakland police. He ended up crashing the stolen vehicle and was apprehended.

Axtle also told authorities at the time that he had a storage locker in Oakland that contained two firearms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

He was ordered to begin serving his sentence immediately.Bay Area NewsCrimeCrime & CourtsIsmael Eduardo AxtleU.S Attorney's office

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