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POSTED May 2, 2012 7:40 p.m.


Teen charged in celeb car theft had huge weapons cache

SAN RAFAEL . (AP) — A Northern California teen charged in a drive-by shooting and the theft of a celebrity chef's Lamborghini kept an arsenal that included assault rifles, cellphone-jamming equipment and police gear, authorities said.

The items were stashed at a storage container rented by 17-year-old Max Michael Wade, who now faces a slew of charges including attempted murder, vehicle theft and commercial burglary.

The teen from tony Marin County inadvertently led investigators to the storage facility in Richmond, where they found the two assault rifles and shotgun shells, a San Francisco Police Department uniform and badge and false identification cards for California, Florida and New York,.

There, investigators also found a motorcycle and gun linked to an April 13 drive-by shooting at two teenagers in a pickup truck and chef Guy Fieri's yellow 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, Marin sheriff's Detective Greg Garrett said in the documents.

Investigators say they're still looking into how Wade obtained the weapons and police gear and whether he had accomplices in the sophisticated March 2011 car heist at a San Francisco dealership, where police said someone rappelled into the showroom then drove off with the $200,000 convertible.

The case against Wade began to unfold when surveillance video of the Mill Valley shooting suspect showed that he wore a unique motorcycle helmet, according to Garrett's affidavit.

Investigators tracked the helmet purchase to a San Francisco retail store, which provided video of the buyer, whom one of the shooting victims identified as Wade.

After placing him under surveillance, investigators tracked him Saturday to the Richmond storage facility, where they saw him drive out in the Lamborghini.

When Wade returned, they arrested him with a loaded Glock handgun in his waistband and $1,500 and a false driver's license in his wallet, the affidavit said.

Man suspected of shooting at Oakley cop found dead

BETHEL ISLAND, Calif. (AP) — A man who allegedly shot at police in Contra Costa County following an attempted traffic stop has been found dead.

Authorities say the man's body was discovered inside his vehicle on Bethel Island around 5 a.m. Wednesday. He was dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He has not been identified.

An Oakley police officer tried to stop the man's vehicle about four hours earlier for an unspecified traffic violation.

Authorities say he refused to pull over, prompting a chase onto Bethel Island during which he shot at police. A patrol car was struck, but no officers were hit.

Fremont man facing murder charge in teen's death

FREMONT  (AP) — An 18-year-old man is facing a murder charge in the fatal stabbing of a Newark high school football player during a weekend party.

Abraham Hade was arraigned on the charge and gang and weapon enhancements on Tuesday.

The victim, 18-year-old Osana Futi, was found stabbed on Saturday night after police responded to reports of gunshots and a loud party in Fremont. He was pronounced dead hours later at the hospital.

 

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