Alleged car thief apprehended
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May 09, 2013 | 2362 views | 2 2 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dimitri Storm
Dimitri Storm
The Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office announced Thursday morning that alleged car thief and burglar Dimitri Storm was arrested by the Berkeley Police Department on Tuesday, May 7. Storm was using the alias James Prouty Rollston. He was arrested for burglary and resisting arrest. Storm is accused of stealing at least 10 cars and 40 cases of burglary across four counties, many in the San Lorenzo Valley area. Storm's alleged crime spree began in March and he became one of the most wanted criminals in the county. This story will be updated

According to Officer Jennifer Coats of the Berkeley Police Department, at 3:14 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, a 911 call was received from a resident of the 1500 block of Summit Road in northeastern Berkeley who reported that someone was attempting to break into a parked vehicle.

When officers arrived at the scene, Storm was located nearby and arrested.

Storm allegedly provided them with the alias James Prouty Rollston before attempting to flee, leading officers on what Coats described as a very brief foot chase before being cuffed.

“He resisted our officers and tried to run,” Coats said. “For us, it was a very brief contact and we were able to take him into custody.”

Storm, who is alleged to have threatened a burglary victim with a gun in a previous incident, was unarmed when he was arrested, Coats said.

Once his identity was confirmed, Storm was booked into the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin where he is being held on $1,000,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 2 p.m. Friday, May 10 at Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland.

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Jake Fonda
May 09, 2013
While he was in Berkeley there were still numerous car break ins in Boulder Creek and surrounding towns. In fact, there were so many robberies that the sheriff's department stopped responding to calls. It's very concerning when the crime rate in an area gets so high that it is brushed off as merely commonplace.

We deserve better.
Eric Rubaker
May 10, 2013
No kidding, my license plates were stollen. I live on Hwy. 236 and called the CHP. The CHP told me I have to go to the office in Aptos to make a report! What the heck?!?!

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