Alleged Homestead Valley Shooter Linked to Celebrity Chef's Stolen Lamborghini

Authorities stumbled upon Guy Fieri's stolen car when investigating a San Rafael teen suspected of a drive-by shooting.

A bright-yellow Lamborghini owned by celebrity chef Guy Fieri that was stolen from a San Francisco car dealership last year was found in a storage unit that was investigated after a , police said today.

Fieri, a chef who has hosted several TV shows, including Guy's Big Bite on the Food Network and Minute to Win It on NBC, had his 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo stolen early the morning of March 8, 2011, from the British Motor Car Distributors dealership on Van Ness Avenue.

Police said the thief rappelled down from the roof of the building, entered through a window, then drove away in the car, which is valued at more than $200,000.

Surveillance video footage investigators obtained from the Golden Gate Bridge and the town of Tiburon showed the Lamborghini driving by after the theft, but the car was not found until Saturday when Marin County sheriff's investigators stumbled upon it while searching a storage unit in Point Richmond.

The storage unit belonged to a 17-year-old San Rafael into an occupied car in Mill Valley earlier this month, according to the sheriff's office. The teen was arrested at about 7:05 p.m. Saturday outside the CSI Mini Storage facility at 855 Parr Blvd. in Richmond, sheriff's Sgt. Mark Hale said.

Investigators then served a search warrant on the teen's storage container and found the motorcycle and other items believed to have been used during the shooting, as well as Fieri's Lamborghini, which Hale said is still "in very good shape."

The when a man on a black motorcycle reportedly fired multiple shots at a white pickup truck parked on Evergreen Avenue between Ethel and Miller avenues, blasting out the truck's windows and causing minor injuries to the two people inside.

On Saturday, the San Rafael teen was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun, Hale said. Police searched the storage unit and found the motorcycle, other items believed to be involved in the shooting and Fieri’s Lamborghini.

San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza confirmed this morning that the Lamborghini found in the storage unit was the same one stolen from the dealership.

"I would like to thank the Marin County Sheriff's Office and the Mill Valley Police Department for their hard work and effort in the recovery of my car," he said. "I'm glad we can put this behind us, and feel better knowing that justice is being served.

Mill Valley Patch Editor Jim Welte and Bay City News contributed to this report.

MarkSindone April 05, 2013 at 04:07 AM
Wait a minute, how does a 17 year-old teenager afford a storage unit in the first place? The monthly fees are not cheap, and obviously he didn’t steal the stolen vehicles on his own. The mastermind criminals should have used one of their names instead so police will stop poking around. But after finding only a teenager associated with the crime, it is only the beginning of the cake before the police start questioning everybody for leads.


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