Celebrity chef’s stolen Lamborghini recovered from storage unit

The San Francisco Local

POINT RICHMOND, Calif. — 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 in Point Richmond this weekend, police confirmed Monday.

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 boy who was arrested Saturday on suspicion of a shooting 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 in the 100 block of Evergreen Avenue. The occupants of the parked car were not hit by the gunfire but suffered minor injuries from broken glass, sheriff's officials said.

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.

Photo caption: File: Celebrity chef Guy Fieri (WireImage); The Lamborghini Diablo 6.0  (AP /Carlos Osorio)