What a strange tale this Spyder weaves.
A Lamborghini owned by celebrity chef Guy Fieri that was stolen a year ago from a San Francisco dealership was found Saturday in Richmond during the investigation into an attempted homicide in Mill Valley.
The bright-yellow Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder sports car was stolen from a San Francisco dealership March 8, 2011. San Francisco police at the time said the suspect repelled down from the roof of the building, entered through a window and fled in the car, worth upward of $200,000.
Video from the Golden Gate Bridge and from Tiburon showed the Lamborghini being driven in the area after the theft.
The sports car was not seen again until Saturday, when Marin County Sheriff’s Office deputies were investigating an attempted murder that includes a 17-year-old suspect, Sgt. Mark Hale said. The case that led to the stolen Lamborghini started on April 13, when a gunman wearing black and riding a dark motorcycle drove up to an occupied vehicle in the 100 block of Evergreen Avenue in Mill Valley around 11:30 a.m. and began firing. The two victims in the car were not shot, Hale said, but sustained minor injuries from broken glass.
On Saturday, sheriff’s deputies arrested the teen, who had a loaded handgun at the time. Officers then performed a search of a shipping container in the Point Richmond neighborhood that belongs to the teen, police said. Officers found Fieri’s Lamborghini inside, along with a motorcycle and other items police believe were used during the April 13 shooting. A San Francisco police spokesman confirmed that the Lamborghini found was the same one stolen from The City.
The suspect was booked on several counts, including two counts of attempted murder, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, gun charges and resisting arrest, Hale said.
Guy Fieri, who has hosted several TV shows such as Food Network’s “Guy’s Big Bite” and NBC’s “Minute to Win It,” said he was relieved to put the incident behind him.
“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 in a statement. “I’m glad we can put this behind us, and feel better knowing that justice is being served.”
British Motor Car Distributors, the dealership where the Lamborghini was stolen, declined to comment on the car’s discovery Monday.