Police: teen rents $240k McLaren with stolen credit card
By Jay Dillon
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Sonoma County teenager remained jailed Sunday after he was arrested on suspicion of using stolen credit cards to rent a $240,000 sports car and a $12 million vacation home.Mohanned Halaweh, 19, was arrested Wednesday after he was pulled over while driving the 2012 McLaren coupe he had rented for $13,000 and was subsequently reported stolen by its owner, Sonoma County Sheriff's Sgt. Sgt. Michael Raasch tells the San Francisco Chronicle.Halaweh also paid $27,000 to rent an estate in Glen Ellen, Raasch said.Prosecutors have charged him with four felonies credit card fraud, receiving stolen property, identity theft and vehicle theft along with an enhancement charge of being in possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.Another 19-year-old man who was a passenger in the McLaren also was arrested and could face charges, Raasch said.The Santa Rosa Press Democrat identified Halaweh as a former standout basketball player at a Sebastopol high school.In March, he was charged with allegedly using a fake credit card to try to buy 14 iPhones and two laptop computers at an Apple Store in Berkeley, the Press-Democrat said.Halaweh is being held at the Sonoma County jail on $100,000 bail. He has not yet entered a plea and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.A phone number for Halaweh's family in Rohnert Park was disconnected.
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