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Elusive suspect Storm caught

Modified: Thursday, May 9th, 2013


Dimitri Storm


SANTA CRUZ — The man who eluded police for more than a month as he went on a crime spree that included numerous incidents of auto theft and auto burglaries was arrested Wednesday by the Berkeley Police Department, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.

Dimitri Storm, 42, was using the alias James Prouty Rollston when he was arrested, Deputy April Skalland said.

“This morning I was notified by records that Dimitri Storm was arrested May 7 by Berkeley Police on suspicion of burglary and resisting arrest,” she said.

Officials are looking into whether Storm used an ID card from one of his burglary victims in Santa Cruz County.

“Our team will head up to Santa Rita Friday and probably stand in a big long line waiting to talk to Mr. Storm,” Skalland said.

According to Berkeley Police Officer Jennifer Coats, officers received a call approximately 3:15 a.m. that a suspicious person was trying to open vehicle doors on the 1500 block of Summit Road, a rural neighborhood in the Berkeley Hills.

Officers arrived and questioned storm, who gave them a false name and fought officers who attempted to detain him, then attempted to flee.

He was booked into Santa Rita Jail and charged with giving false identification to an officer, resisting arrest and theft, Coats said.

According to the Alameda County website, Santa Rita Jail holds 4,000 inmates and is considered a “mega-jail," ranking it as the third largest facility in California and the fifth largest in the U.S.

It was unclear Thursday whether he will be transported to Santa Cruz or whether he will face the charges in Berkeley first. A representative at the Alameda District Attorney’s Office said the officer had not yet filed charges.

Also unclear was whether Storm will face additional charges in Berkeley.

“We’re hoping to be looking closely into his activities here,” Coats said. “We still have some investigating to do.”

Storm, who grew up in the San Lorenzo Valley, has been listed as one of the county’s most wanted fugitives for allegedly burglarizing 40 vehicles and stealing 10 vehicles in Monterey, Sonoma, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Marin counties.

Storm also reportedly pointed a gun at a homeowner who caught him burglarizing his vehicle, and assaulted an officer in Marin County in April.

He is additionally accused of threatening to shoot an officer in Sonoma County, where an officer shot him with a stun gun with no effect before he managed to escape.

Storm is known to have mental health issues, and possibly believes he is a police officer, Deputies said.

He has an extensive criminal history dating back to the 1980, including drug charges, threats, indecent exposure and making threats.

This story will be updated.



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