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Petaluma Police Arrest Transient For ‘Test-Drive' Vehicle Theft

Petaluma police arrested a transient for vehicle theft from an auto dealership Thursday morning, a police lieutenant said.

Rolando Lucas Neri, 28, asked an employee at Auto Mario Used Car Sales in Petaluma if he could test-drive a 2008 Honda Accord around 11:20 a.m., Lt. Tim Lyons said.

Neri did not have a driver's license but the employee gave him a key so he could look inside the Honda. Neri drove away and the employee called police, Lyons said.

The Honda had a GPS vehicle location device and police tracked the Honda at 12:20 p.m. to Holly Lane where Neri lived in an encampment, Lyons said. When police stopped the Honda, Neri said he was test-driving the vehicle, Lyons said.

Neri did not have a license and he had removed all sales tags and stickers from the Honda, Lyons said. He was booked in the Sonoma County Jail for vehicle theft and possession of a stolen vehicle.

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