Bahia Vista School
SAN RAFAEL — A taxi driver remains in custody at Marin County Jail, held for $27,500 bail, charged with stealing a car and vandalism last Wednesday. He’s scheduled to appear in court on February 15.
Local resident, Faramarz Aghazadeh, 47, was arrested near Bahia Vista School, less than an hour after he allegedly stole a Nissan Altima, left parked with the engine running.
The victim phoned police on January 11, shortly after 6 p.m., to report that a man had stolen his car, abandoned it when the engine stalled, and then ran away.
Police said the victim positively identified the suspect, because he was nearby moving two of his parked vehicles when the incident occurred.
The victim used his truck to block the suspect from driving away with his car. Then it stalled because an electronic key fob was not detected inside the car, which automatically turned off the engine—a feature that prevents car theft.
The suspect then ran home to his residence on the 100 block of Bahia Circle, but was followed by the victim. Police arrived shortly afterwards and arrested him at 7 PM.