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Santa Rosa Police Department
Thursday April 19th, 2018 :: 04:22 p.m. PDT


Apprehension of Stolen Vehicle Suspect (Beer Truck) SRPD Case #18-4999

This morning at approximately 11:51, a beer delivery truck was stolen from MD Liquor store in the 1900 block of Sebastopol Road. A customer went into the store and told the delivery driver, who was inside at the time, that a transient male wearing American flag shorts, jumped into his beer truck in the parking lot, and drove off. Luckily, the beer truck company had GPS on their truck and located it within minutes in the 300 block of Yolanda Avenue.

Shortly after being notified of the location of the beer truck, SRPD officers, including a K-9 officer and his partner, and Henry-1 from the Sheriff’s Department, merged in the area where the suspect was last seen running. Several citizens called in to report the male running across Hwy 101, wearing nothing but the red, white and blue shorts. Within 45 minutes, the suspect, later identified as 46-year-old Matt Lane Hermsmeyer, was taken into custody as he hid in the bushes. Hermsmeyer was taken into custody without further incident.

Hermsmeyer was booked into the Sonoma County jail for 10851 CVC, stolen vehicle, 496 d (a) PC, possession of stolen property, 666.5 (a) PC, priors for auto theft, 148(a)(1) PC, resisting arrest, and 1203.2PC violation of probation.

SRPD would like to thank the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department and all the Santa Rosa citizens who called into dispatch to help apprehend Hermsmeyer for the stolen beer truck.

For Media Inquiries please contact Sergeant Jeneane Kucker at 707 543-4019 or email at [email protected].

Santa Rosa Police Department
965 Sonoma Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

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Non-emergencies: 707-543-3600

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