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Local Press Leads Coverage of 'Yellow Lamborghini' Case

Lamborghini thief, drive-by shooter, jealous teen: TV Movie or Major Feature?

The press is having a field day with revelations about the 17-year-old local suspect in the theft of and a series of crimes related and incidental.

Leading the charge is the , with several investigative articles on Max Michael Wade's past brushes with law enforcement.  Even the AP story cites the Marin IJ, though they call Wade "the teen from tony Marin County" (see Press Democrat pick-up of the feed).

Yesterday the IJ exposed some of the results of the storage shed search, including the following:

Investigators also found false identification cards for California, Florida and New York, local police scanner coordinates and a full San Francisco Police Department uniform with a badge and duty belt, sheriff's Detective Greg Garrett said in an affidavit.

That article also outlined how police tracked down the , by finding the cycle shop in San Francisco that sold him the helmet and black cycling gear, getting an image from the store's surveillance tape, and then a positive ID from the shooting's targets.

Those in the pickup truck included Landon Wahlstrom, a 2011 Redwood High graduate, and a 17-year old girl that, according to , was the subject of a Facebook jealousy argument.

Today's story in the IJ outlines several instances when Wade, a San Rafael resident, had encounters with police over incidents including breaking into a vacant mansion in Tiburon and hosting a "a drinking bash there for dozens of teenagers."

Police had other prior interactions with Wade, including one case where he allegedly stole his mother's car and repainted it, and another where he allegedly head-butted a fellow student during a dodgeball game in gym class at Redwood High School, sources said.

The previously cited Patch article also mentioned an incident with Wade was only 13 and, allegedly, stole a bottle of vodka from a local liquor store.

Although the San Rafeal resident remains in custody in Juvenile Hall with a $2 million bail, he has yet to enter a plea. That would be expected when he returns to court in a week, on May 10, with his lawyer Charles Dresow.

wangofango May 04, 2012 at 08:30 AM
The press is having a field day with revelations about the 17-year-old local suspect in the theft of Guy Fieri's yellow Lamborghini and a series of crimes related and incidental. Leading the charge is the Marin Independent Journal, with several investigative articles on Max Michael Wade's past brushes with law enforcement. The information is good but "leading the charge" and "having a field day" ? Comes close to braying, if not bragging. Reporting the news is what newspapers are SUPPOSED to do. Do cops jump up and down with glee when they give a traffic ticket? Hee-Haw.....just report the news and be careful you don't strain your elbow patting yourself on the back.
Ryan Ricco-Pena May 04, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Braying? Maybe a little bit, but when was the last time something with this many twists and turns happened in Marin? Nothing wrong with covering the coverage, somebody's gotta do it
Lizzardking's Rise May 05, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Now maybe people will believe me when I say I stole my neighbor's pet white unicorn, man.

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