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San Joaquin County
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Scott A. Fichtner
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Kristine M. Reed
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David J. Derksen
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222 E. Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201

T (209) 468-2400 | F (209) 465-0371

News from the Office of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar

For Immediate Release

April 21, 2020

CONTACT: Angela Hayes, PIO, Deputy District Attorney
T (209) 468-2400  | E angela.hayes@sjcda.org

Third Time's the Charm for Alleged Car Thief Jason Gaul

Gaul and Ryals Stockton - Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that Jason Gaul, age 32, along with Alvin Ryals, age 25, were arraigned on an amended complaint charging them with the following crimes: 

Vehicle Code § 10851 - Automobile Theft
Penal Code §496(D) - Receipt of Stolen Motor Vehicle 
Penal Code §466 - Possession of Burglar Tools
Penal Code §463 - Looting
Penal Code §594(a)(1)  - Vandalism

Jason Gaul is charged with the added enhancement of Penal Code §12022.1 - Committing a Felony While Released on Own Recognizance.

These crimes occurred on three separate occasions within the city of Stockton.  Jason Gaul was first arrested on February 23, 2020, for allegedly driving a stolen vehicle.  He was released from custody on Friday, April 10, 2020, as a result of the zero bail rule put into effect by the California Courts. On April 14, 2020, Mr. Gaul was accused of vehicle tampering, vandalism and resisting arrest. In the course of his arrest Stockton Police Officers had to deploy a taser.  He was booked into the county jail but released as a result of the zero bail rule.  

On April 15, 2020, a car was stolen from Tracy, California.  Thanks to great investigative work by Delta RATT detectives, a collaboration of several law enforcement agencies and the District Attorney's Office, Jason Gaul and Alvin Ryals were apprehended in possession of the vehicle.  Jason Gaul was observed standing under the hood of the car and appeared to be tampering with the battery. The interior of the vehicle also had sustained some damage.  
"We hope Mr. Gaul is the exception rather than the rule for those released as a result of the court-ordered zero bail schedule. He has clearly shown an inability to abide by the laws enacted for the benefit of our community, whether it be a property offense, or endangerment of his fellow citizens by risking potential exposure of the community to the Covid-19 virus," said District Attorney Salazar. "During this difficult time, the people of this County have chosen to work together and build a stronger and healthier community.  Jason Gaul has not chosen that pathway and will be held accountable as governed by the laws of the State of California."
The honorable Michael Mulvihill set Jason Gaul's bail at $30,000 and Alvin Ryals' bail at $15,000. They will next appear in court on May 19, 2020, at 8:30 am.