Eva Knott 10:44 a.m., May 18
An Oceanside man admitted one felony burglary charge and three other felonies and two misdemeanors were dropped in the deal.
Edward Shane Blanton, 38, was accused of stealing a Tacoma pickup truck parked at the beach while the owner went surfing, the morning of July 24, 2012. The truck owner said he went surfing about 6 a.m. and his truck was gone when he returned at 9 a.m. to Pacific Street.
An Oceanside police detective said it was Edward Shane Blanton seen in surveillance video at a Walmart later the same day, using a credit card taken from the stolen truck. The same detective said a witness identified Blanton as the man who walked away from the stolen truck after it was parked on a different Oceanside street later the same morning.
In the plea deal, Blanton admitted a prior felony burglary conviction, from November 2011. Charges for stolen vehicle, fraudulent use of another’s ID, petty theft and methamphetamine were dismissed.
A one-year sentence for his “strike prior” will run concurrently with the new 16 month prison term agreed upon for Blanton’s newest felony. Judge Kearney ordered the defendant back to his court for formal sentencing, October 10.