In a brazen heist straight out of a Hollywood movie, a cat burglar drove off a $200,000 Lamborghini owned by Santa Rosa celebrity chef Guy Fieri and disappeared across the Golden Gate Bridge a year ago.
The exotic sports car finally turned up over the weekend, stashed in a Point Richmond storage shed that, according to investigators, belongs to a teenage boy.
Marin County sheriff's deputies arrested a 17-year-old San Rafael boy on suspicion of possessing stolen property, among other charges.
“The car and everything taken from the storage unit is being processed as we speak,” Sgt. Mark Hale said Monday. “We're actively investigating if he was involved in the actual theft.”
Fieri expressed gratitude Monday to investigators who recovered his car.
“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,” Fieri said Monday in a statement distributed to Bay Area news media. “I'm glad we can put this behind us, and feel better knowing that justice is being served.”
Fieri, a Santa Rosa chef who launched the Johnny Garlic's and Tex Wasabi's restaurant chains, rose to fame on the Food Network in 2006 when he won “The Next Food Network Star.” He now hosts several shows on the cable TV channel, including “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives,” and stars on the NBC game show “Minute To Win It.”
His canary yellow sports car was stolen March 8, 2011, from a San Francisco car dealership. The thief climbed to the roof of the Van Ness Avenue dealership then rappelled through a skylight, cut the lock on a garage door and drove away, San Francisco police said.
Security cameras later spotted the sleek 2008 Lamborghini Spyder Gallardo convertible heading over the Golden Gate Bridge into Tiburon.
Marin County deputies found the car Saturday during an investigation into a April 13 drive-by shooting in Mill Valley.