More than a year after it was stolen Mission Impossible-style, a yellow 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder owned by TV chef and game show host Guy Fieri has been recovered by law enforcement officers.
A bold robbery
The car was stolen from a Bentley, Lamborghini, Lotus dealership in San Francisco, Calif. To get to it, the thieves accessed the roof of the dealership, lowered themselves down on a rope and drove the car out.
A sore thumb
The Gallardo, which went for $200,000 new, sticks out like a sore thumb. Fencing it could not be an easy prospect, especially with the publicity it garnered because of its celebrity owner. The bright yellow paint job does little to diminish its conspicuousness, either.
According to Torque News, at the time of the robbery, police investigators were quoted as saying:
“Not the sort of thing that peddles easily on a used car lot or in the want ads.”
An unexpected discovery
However, in another bizarre turn of events, the car was located by the Marin County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday. Deputies were investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred on April 13. During that investigation, a 17-year-old boy was arrested. Because of his age, his name has not been released. However, the young man also had a storage unit rented in his name. The deputies decided to take a look inside.
Inside, the deputies found a motorcycle suspected to be involved in the drive-by shooting case. But in the course of the investigation, they also came across a bright yellow Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. The car was traced back to Fieri by its vehicle identification number.
Thankful Fieri waits
Fieri told reporters, through a spokeswoman:
“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. I’m glad we can put this behind us and feel better knowing that justice is being served.”
The Lamborghini theft is still under investigation, so Fieri will have to wait a while longer before getting his convertible back.
A ‘person of interest’
Police reports say that the 17-year-old is a “person of interest” in that investigation. However, that is just the tip of the unnamed young man’s troubles. He has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest and having a loaded firearm, according to Sgt. Mark Hale of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office. Because of the seriousness of the charges, no bail has been set for the suspect.