Authorities in Santa Cruz County announced this morning that the man who has topped their “Most Wanted” list for weeks has finally been captured. Dimitri Storm, 42, who was wanted for a lengthy string of crimes all over the Bay Area including car thefts and burglaries, was taken into custody on Tuesday by Berkeley police, Santa Cruz County sheriff’s Deputy April Skalland said.
He was using the alias “James Prouty Rollston,” and was arrested on suspicion of burglary and resisting arrest, she said. Santa Cruz County authorities held a news conference in the Santa Cruz Mountains last week to warn residents that Storm was still on the loose and remind them to lock their cars and homes. Storm was wanted for crimes in counties including Santa Cruz, Monterey, Marin, Sonoma and Santa Clara.
Authorities believe he stole items from inside cars in Ben Lomond between March 31 and April 2, and later stole a GMC Acadia several counties north in Windsor. When Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies tried to pull over the stolen SUV in Petaluma on April 5, there was a confrontation in which the deputies tried to use a Taser on Storm. He fled, driving to the Woodacre area in Marin County, where he slipped away.
On April 17, deputies spotted Storm in a stolen Lexus in the Carmel area in Monterey County, but he got away by driving through a construction zone. He later stole a Jeep Cherokee, in which he allegedly led police on a chase and nearly struck a patrol car, authorities said. Investigators also believe Storm may have picked up a female hitchhiker in San Mateo County on April 22. The hitchhiker was dropped off at a scenic viewpoint in Palo Alto, shaken but unharmed. Skalland said the sheriff’s office will release more details on Storm’s arrest soon.
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