SAN RAFAEL – A musician who was panhandling for gas money was arrested last week by police who found him in possession of methamphetamine, and the keys to a stolen sports car valued at $250,000.
The suspect, 36-year-old local resident Rocky Jimenez, allegedly stole a 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB, sometime between June 9 and June 11, from the BMW of San Rafael dealership located at 1500 E. Francisco Boulevard.
San Rafael police responded after receiving reports of a suspicious man near the intersection of East Francisco Boulevard and Shoreline Parkway; he asked one person for gas money, and was also seen trying to pour gas into the tank of a red Ferrari.
Police said the suspect claimed that he owned the car, and had just picked it up from the service center after leaving it there for two years. Jimenez was unable to document ownership of the vehicle, which led police to investigate his tale at the nearby BMW dealership.
A representative at the dealership confirmed that the Ferrari was indeed stolen, and Jimenez was arrested on the spot at 12:45 p.m. on June 11.
Police also found Jimenez in possession of other suspected stolen property, along with the keys of a second Ferrari that had not been stolen.
Jimenez remains in custody at Marin County Jail, charged with vehicle theft, burglary, and possession of methamphetamine, in lieu of $50,000 bail. His preliminary court hearing is scheduled for June 26.