Santa Rosa, CA – August 24, 2017 – District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced today that defendant Damon Casparian, 47, of Concord, was sentenced today by the Honorable Elliot Lee Daum to serve three years of formal probation with a suspended prison sentence of 6 years and 4 months and one year in the county jail. In June, Casparian plead guilty to numerous felony counts, including conspiracy, auto theft, and identity theft. Casparian also admitted that he was out of jail on bail at the time he committed these offenses. The charges relate to his attempt to steal a 1964 Chevrolet Nova that had been placed for sale along Highway 12 in Santa Rosa.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, “We take identity theft and auto theft very seriously. My office will seek appropriate punishment for offenders who steal your car or fraudulently use your personal identification. Our personal information and vehicles are important to us all. If either is stolen, you should report the theft immediately. Rapid reporting increases the likelihood that the perpetrator will be caught and punished for these crimes.”
Casparian’s convictions resulted from three separate incidents. In January 2016, Casparian was stopped in Alameda in a stolen Toyota Tundra that he fraudulently purchased at Petaluma Auto World by using a stolen identity. In March 2017, Casparian was again contacted by law enforcement when he used a stolen identity to fraudulently purchase items from Friedman Brothers on at least two separate occasions. In May of 2017, Casparian was contacted by law enforcement Abbrwhen an alert vehicle owner interrupted the theft of his classic 1964 Nova which he had recently placed for sale along Highway 12.
Casparian has prior convictions including thefts, fraud, possession of stolen property and drugs. At sentencing, Casparian blamed his long standing drug addiction and relapse was to blame for his recent criminal behavior.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Leslie Butori with assistance from Detective Wirtz of the Petaluma Police Department, Detective Spediacci and Officer North of the Santa Rosa Police Department and Deputy Taylor of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.