Stolen vintage car located in Petaluma, 2 arrests

Two people were arrested Monday night after deputies found them in possession of a stolen vintage car in the Sonoma Valley late last month, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said.

Property crime and narcotics detectives from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ronald Whitmire and Toni Fallin while executing a search warrant at a property on Ely Road just outside Petaluma at 11 p.m. Monday, authorities said.

There they found a 1954 Morgan coupe that had been stolen from an open trailer along Napa Road near Schellville on February 26, along with a trailer the car was sitting on, several tools and stolen car parts. , the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The car’s owner, a mechanic, had spent more than 25 years restoring the vehicle and was in the final stages of the project when it was stolen, the sheriff’s office said.

Whitmire, 51, and Fallin, 50, were arrested on suspicion of multiple crimes, including receiving stolen property, possession of a stolen vehicle and conspiracy to commit a crime, the gate said -sheriff’s office spokesperson, Misti Wood.

Neither had remained in custody Tuesday afternoon.

Detectives were still investigating who stole the vehicle, which was returned to its owner, Wood said.

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