Suspect was involved in many thefts in Taft area, according to police.

A Bakersfield man who police said admitted to involvement in more than 20 car thefts in the Taft area was sentenced to 16-month jail term on Wednesday.

Jason James Alfter II, who has been held in Kern County Jail since his arrest in Taft on Nov. 8, pleaded no contest to one count of possession of a stolen vehicle.

Four other counts, including auto theft and a second count of possession of a stolen vehicle, were dismissed as part of a plea agreement, according to Kern County Superior Court records.

Alfter was ordered to spend a year and four months behind bars. He was given credit for 113 days time served.

Alfter and a second suspect, Robert James Scott, were arrested by Taft Police investing the outbreak of thefts that has plagued the Taft area this year.

Charges against Scott were later dismissed.

Both Alfter and Scott had been convicted in Bakersfield of auto theft just a few weeks before their arrest in Taft.

After their arrest, Chief of Police Ed Whiting said the pair admitted to involvement in 23 stolen vehicles in the Taft area.