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After Allegedly Using Stolen Credit Card to Rent $240,000 Sports Car, Cops Catch Teenage Big Spender in Quite the Poetic Manner


A stolen credit card also allegedly paid the $27,000 rental fees for a $12 million estate.

Image source: Sonoma County Sheriff's Office

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (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 told SFGate.

Image source: Sonoma County Sheriff's Office Halaweh was behind the wheel of an orange McLaren sports when he was arrested, police said. (Image source: Sonoma County Sheriff's Office)

Halaweh also paid $27,000 to rent an estate in winery-rich 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.

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 Santa Rosa Press Democrat said.

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Halaweh's passenger, Nhimia Kahsay, 19, of Santa Rosa, was cited and released. Deputies said there may be additional charges related to this investigation filed against Kahsay.

Halaweh — a former standout high school basketball player — was reportedly on his way back from a court date for his March charges when he was arrested Wednesday, the Press Democrat added.

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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