Santa Rosa – On Wednesday morning August 20 at approximately 6 a.m. CHP officers responded to a report of a vehicle blocking Burnside Road south of Sebastopol. The 1994 Toyota Corolla was blacked out, but officers found the driver passed out behind the wheel. They woke up the man who was identified as Jovali Orozco, 24 of Richmond.
Officers determined that there were signs of intoxication and found a partially consumed case of beer in the vehicle. Orozco was placed under arrest after a DUI evaluation. A meth pipe was found in Orozco’s pocket during a pat down search. The officers also noticed several pieces of mail addressed to a variety of different names in the vehicle. Various other items described as unusual, and a shaved down file used to start the car were also found during an inventory of the vehicle.
A Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputy was able to link multiple victims throughout the area who had their homes and/or mailboxes burglarized. Officers later determined that the Toyota was stolen the day before in Richmond. Orozco was booked on three felonies and four misdemeanors, charges include; DUI, vehicle theft, burglary, possession of stolen property, burglary tools and drug paraphernalia. Bail has been set at $40,000.
Later that day, at about 1:55 p.m., CHP dispatch received a call of a party following a possible stolen vehicle. Santa Rosa PD had received a report of a stolen Mazda Miata from the San Miguel Road area on Tuesday. The owner posted the vehicle information on his Facebook page along with a picture of the vehicle. A Facebook friend of the victim who had seen the post was on northbound highway 101 Wednesday afternoon when the car was spotted, the friend and reported it to the CHP. Officers intercepted the car on Arata Lane. They confirmed the vehicle was stolen and arrested the driver, Thomas Baker, 47, of Santa Rosa, who has a history of vehicle theft.