TIBURON (CBS SF) — A yellow Lamborghini belonging to a celebrity chef that was stolen early Tuesday from a San Francisco car dealership was last seen touring around Marin County, police said Wednesday.

The theft is believed to have occurred sometime between 3:40 a.m. and 5:15 a.m. Tuesday at a car dealership in the 900 block of Van Ness Avenue, police Officer Albie Esparza said.

Esparza said the suspect rappelled down from the roof of the building, entered through a window and drove away in a yellow 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo two-door convertible, a car priced at more than $200,000.

“It’s a very distinctive car, for sure,” Esparza said. “I don’t know how far this person is going to go.”

Perhaps not very far, according to the latest police reports.

Sgt. Michael Andraychak said Wednesday afternoon that video surveillance footage from the Golden Gate Bridge captured the car’s county-crossing journey.

The yellow Lamborghini was seen traveling across the bridge sometime early Tuesday morning, Andraychak said.

“Additional video showed the same car entering Tiburon,” Andraychak said. The car exited the Marin County community “a short time later,” he said. Tiburon has recently implemented a program to monitor the license plates of all vehicles entering and exiting town.

Police also said that it appears the thief exited and entered the dealership equally as quietly.

“It appears the suspect drove it out through a garage-type door,” Andraychak said.

The car belonged to Guy 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, Fieri’s public relations firm confirmed.

Esparza said investigators are reviewing the dealership’s surveillance video for clues in the case.

Officials at the dealership, British Motor Car Distributors, were not immediately available for comment Wednesday morning.

Police are asking anyone who has information on the vehicle’s whereabouts to contact the department at (415) 575-4444 or to text a tip to TIP411.

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Comments (55)
  1. bob says:

    Obama says $200,000.00 CHICKEN FEED when you can steal TRILLIONS

    1. republicans suck says:

      Actually, the republicans have already STOLEN TRILLIONS from the taxpayers and given it to their masters on WALL STREET. PRESIDENT OBAMA has prevented the lying, cheating stealing republicans from giving even more money to their other masters: The Taliban.

      1. AmericanBlues says:

        Sorry, you on on the wrong story dude.

      2. August says:

        RIGHT ON !

        The BANKSTERS committed the biggest bank robbery in the history of the world and no one called 911…

    2. James says:

      Does anyone know if the Lambo is actually a convertible or is it a hardtop? The Video says it is a hardtop but the story says convertible. Asking because I just took a video of a wrecked yellow hardtop Lambo on a tow truck in San Jose.

      1. Jon says:

        It’s a convertible.

  2. William Patrick Mosely says:

    Might I suggest to British Motor Car Distributors that they consider locking their windows in the future?

    1. Bradley says:

      Is anyone else bothered that Tiburon is monitoring all cars that come in and leave the city? So they catch one bad buy, at the expense of the privacy of thousands or even millions of law abiding citizens.

  3. Scott says:

    Why in the world doesn’t a car of this value have a tracking device?

    1. August says:

      The people who own them are SO RICH, they can just buy a new one if anything happend; why waste money on frivolous nonsense/

    2. JJ says:

      At that income level, its just another car

  4. bob says:

    I apoligize for my above post.

    1. G. Scott Geoffrion says:

      No kidding. Even a Chevy comes with OnStar.

      1. Rod says:

        OnStar is the first thing that a profession car thief will disable.

  5. Alex says:


    1. AmericanBlues says:

      Actually, I think is is funny and after weeks and weeks of depressing political talk, we call all use a reprieve.

    2. GMBofWIS says:

      Because it’s interesting and exceptional, maybe? It’s not just your average old clunker. It’s sort of like the difference between someone stealng a snow shovel versus stealing the Mona Lisa.

    3. Ben Terwilliger says:

      It’s news because it’s awesome! Get over it. Some dude repelled from the roof of a dealership and stole some rich pricks lamborghini to go for a joy ride. How bad ass is that? This guy did what I dream about doing everyday of my life.

  6. Gordon Ramsey says:

    @ Alex it is news because it’s interesting and people want to know.

    Now as far as the car, he had it stolen because it was on consignment at the dealership and not selling in a down economy. The guy wants another car and this way he gets the insurance money for it and the dealership is really the one who has to pay.

  7. Mike says:

    Bob, you’re still an idiot.

  8. Jon David Peterson says:

    Bold maneuver,… ridiculous! Friend of mine had his Jag stolen there too. Could be the same joy ride addict headed for a spin on Paradise Drive? Tiburon is sort of a dead end destination, no!?

    1. Dan says:

      Tiburon.. cameras in & cameras out, Thief must be dumb. hope cameras give some deails the cops can use.

  9. Dan says:

    Seems that a car that cost that much absolutly should have a traking device.
    As for the Obama comment…. spot on!

  10. MugWump says:

    Bob is right about Omama making this theft look like Chicken Feed. Hooray for video cams keeping the public honest.

  11. Jon David Peterson says:

    Spray booth in a Tiburon garage doesn’t really change much,.. I did see an exotic car transport service truck on 101 lately,.. hmmm

  12. Jon David Peterson says:


  13. Advice Ni66er says:

    I just spotted the car here in Sausalito. This theif is great!

  14. Claude_Balls_Lion_Tamer says:

    Guy Fieri = What grows wild around his a$$ he cultivates on his face. This is totally off the hook!!!

  15. cabrini green says:

    it took the thief a minute to steal it

  16. Carlton Nixon says:

    wow! i don’t know who’s dumber- the guy who shelled out 200K + for a stupid car, or the thief who stole that stupid car and drove around in it, thinking he wouldn’t be noticed.

  17. Mr. T says:

    Fieri can hardly be called a chef. I’d say the term “sell-out” fits him much better. He’s the Lady Gaga of the food industry. Such a joke.

    1. Mark Roberts says:

      No way man, Johnny Garlics has been a rockin place to eat way before Guy got famous.

  18. james says:

    Tracking device—bahh!! Self destruct should come with such a vehicle. The owner just pushes the button and VIOLA Thief, car disappear is a cloud. For what he paid for the damn thing, he, at least should have something …never see that thing again

  19. mj says:

    My Lamborghini sits in the garage. I can’t afford the gas.

  20. berda says:

    hope he get it back and put the guy in jail that stole the pretty lambo

  21. Brian S. says:

    I would buy that car just because it used to belong to Guy Fieri!-hey look–Guy Fieri’s pencil!!

  22. Harold Brown says:

    How can you not see that car,mainly the color

  23. Gayle says:

    Those who think people aren’t entitled to drive luxury vehicles are sick, envious class warriers. For those who work hard and strive and succeed, they are fully entitled to reap their rewards. For those who look upon them in envy – were you WILLING to work as hard, employ as much imagination and creativity to your life? No? Then you don’t deserve the nice toys either!

  24. Shawn says:

    Sounds like an inside job

  25. Cesar says:

    How the hell can they not find this car. I guess it figures around Tiburon. Must really blend in.

  26. Jon says:

    ARE YOU ALL STUPID???? . . . “Tiburon has recently implemented a program to monitor the license plates of all vehicles entering and exiting town.”

    Not one person commented on this . . . THAT is the story. Who cares about a $200K Lambo – it’s insured as is the dealership. The REAL maneuver here is the city “monitoring” license plates . . . makes one wonder what the hell else they’re “monitoring”. Well, good luck with that, have a great day and a better tomorrow!!

    1. nick says:

      Probably no one commented because we already expressed our tepid outrage like two years ago.

      Also, it’s a town, not a city. They installed the cameras because people were breaking into their pretty houses.

  27. Nate says:

    How come this car is so hard to find?

  28. David Glorius says:

    I want one!

  29. Ken Bandilla says:

    my whole opinion of Guy has changed….Won’t ever watch him again……

  30. John says:

    A great and amusing story.

    I have some background, that might add to the amusement for some.

    Several years ago we had our car stolen from the very same dealership.
    Our car was in for maintenance, and apparently the thief, perhaps the same thief, just walked in …. up the car ramp to the roof, and drove off with our car. He could do this because the dealership would leave the keys in each car.
    We discovered our car was missing because a good samaritan, walking down the sidewalk, noticed a nice car in a bad neighborhood, with the windows down, and the keys in the ignition…. in light rain. He looked thru the glove compartment and found my card, and called me at work. I called the dealership right away, they had no clue ….. I went out with the police, and we recovered the car. There was some damage to the car, which the dealership repaired, but we barely got an apology out of them.

    We found out later that this same thief stole a yellow Lamborghini about a week later. This car was recovered near the Presidio.
    The thief was caught trying to sneak back into the dealership, with the keys in his pocket …… trying to steal the car again.

    Apparently the dealership has not changed their policy about leaving the keys in the cars.

  31. Walt says:

    That was a GREAT SNL style report you did in Tib with the Hot Wheels model! I absolutely disdain the media, who doesn’t? but that story was quite tongue in cheek! Keep up the funniness and maybe I might just watch your news a little more often. cheers.

  32. Scott says:

    I think it’s great that a city monitors cars. At least someone cares about security, unlike the irresponsible car dealership. Horse thieves were hung. We should go back to the same policy for car thieves.

  33. Patricia O'Neil says:

    I was working at the dealership when the first two thefts occured. I believe there is more info on this thief than is being let on. And if the tracking devise that should be on the car is able to be foiled than an additional tracker (LoJack) which can be secreted should be a back up. And yes the policy of keys in cars or on a board is rediculous. I am curious about being able to drive out of the building when you need a key to operate the garage doors? If this happened in the middle of the night access to a key would be essential???? What does that tell you?


  34. Gilbert Aguilar says:

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