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 Mill Valley shooting, 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 Marin County 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 shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. on April 13 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.
Authorities found the pickup truck on Miller Avenue in Mill Valley in front of the 2am Club and Joe's Tacos and Salsaria. The occupants of the truck were not hit by the gunfire but suffered minor injuries from broken glass, sheriff's officials said.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Hale said at the time that it was unclear if the victims and the suspect knew each other.
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.
Neither Fieri nor his public relations firm was immediately available to comment on the case.
Mill Valley Editor Jim Welte and Bay City News contributed to this report.