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Illegal parking at Rohnert Park motel leads to suspected stolen vehicle, drug arrest

An illegally parked car in a handicapped slot at a Rohnert Park motel early Monday drew police attention, leading to an investigation that grew into a suspected car theft and heroin possession.

An officer driving through the parking lot of the Good Nite Inn on Redwood Drive spotted the parking violation at about 4:55 a.m., said Rohnert Park Sgt. Rob Luis.

A woman walking back and forth from the parking lot to a motel room also became involved in the investigation. Officers found she had 20 grams of heroin and two grams of meth in her clothing, said Sgt. Brandon Davidge.

Michelle Lindsey Anderson, 20, was listed as a transient, formerly of Petaluma. She was arrested on suspicion of having the drugs, possessing ammunition by a felon, impersonating another person and violating her probation, said Davidge.

Officers also arrested Michael Anthony Gutierrez, 29, of Windsor. Officers connected him to a stolen 2006 Mercury SUV Mariner hybrid parked in the parking lot, Luis said.

The vehicle had been taken from a Santa Rosa owner on May 29. Officers contacted the owner with the news they'd recovered the SUV.

Gutierrez was arrested on suspicion of possessing the stolen vehicle and possessing fake $100 bills, which were found in the car and parole violation.

The Sonoma County Auto Theft Task Force was investigating the car theft.

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