Photo: Zachary Stovall
SONOMA – A nighttime auto theft quickly ended in an arrest, thanks to social media.
At 6:00 am August 16 a resident woke up to find his Land Rover missing. Someone had stolen it from his driveway during the night.
Then the victim put his story up on social media. Around 5:00 pm that day, a helpful citizen saw the posting, and the Rover. on Marty Drive.
The good Samaritan called the SCSO, who responded, only to find the suspect flee in the stolen vehicle. 23-year-old Zachary Stovall sped to the Grove Apartments and jumped out of the still-rolling Rover and ran.
He left his passenger, 24-year-old Kera Anderson, behind as the vehicle hit a tree, causing minor damage.
Other deputies arrived, set up a perimeter and called in the helicopter and K-9s.
More helpful citizens reported seeing the suspoect as he jumpoed fences in the area. This assisted in his arrest at 7:30 pm. in the backyard of a home in the 15400 block of Thomas Street.
Stovall left a .9 mm ammunition and magazine behind in the car. Officers never found a gun.
Stovall’s charges are vehicle theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest. He has no bail. He is also out on parole out of Lake county for a burglary conviction.
Anderson’s charges are possession of a stolen vehicle and drug paraphernalia. She had two meth pipes in her backpack. Her bail is $30,000.