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As teenagers, we all entertain the idea of replacing our high school beater with a real car. Alas, for many of us, we are left waiting a few years until we have the disposable income to replace the rusty Pontiac Sunfire we learned to drive on with something more impressive. Maybe a hot hatchback or perhaps a gently used, entry level luxury sedan. A pair of 19 year olds in Santa Rosa, CA, though, just couldn't wait to pick up their very own "cool" car, so they did what any idiotic teenager would do – they swiped a credit card and rented a McLaren MP4-12C.

The two teens, Mohannad Halaweh and Nhimia Kahsay, were arrested by Sonoma County Sheriffs after the car, which was allegedly rented for $13,000 using a stolen credit card, was reported stolen. The two also charged $27,000 to rent a $12 million vacation home, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

It's not entirely clear how the two teens were able to fool the unnamed rental car agency into releasing the car to them.

Ironically, the arrest happened when Halaweh was leaving a court appearance for (surprise, surprise) credit card fraud, from an earlier incident in which he tried to use an illegally obtained card to purchase $10,000 from the Apple Store. Halaweh and Kahsay are now sitting in Sonoma County Jail, with bail set at $100,000 and $60,000, respectively, and are facing charges of credit card fraud and possession of stolen property.

UPDATE: An official statement from Sia Bani, the president of Club Sportiva, the company that rented out the McLaren MP4-12C, has been released and is available below.
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Club Sportiva helps Santa Rosa police catch credit card thieves

As many of you have read online, a repeat identity thief was recently caught in California with stolen credit cards in a McLaren MP4-12C. This was indeed one of Club Sportiva's vehicles. Club Sportiva filed a police report with the San Jose police department once discovering further issues with the claimed identity of the driver, and that led to the prompt arrest of both driver and passenger of the vehicle in Sonoma County.

Club Sportiva's policy includes an age restriction to >25 years of age, with exceptions only made to entry level vehicles with an in-person interview with management, and a greater deposit, and only with a clear insurance background check.

Our delivery team was provided fake identification and flags were only raised after further due diligence with the credit card company used for the "gifted" experience. It is unfortunate that this fraud happened with one of our vehicles, but the two suspects were arrested on the evening of June 4th and we're happy to see neither the teens or the McLaren MP4-12C were hurt or damaged. Our thanks go to the San Jose & Santa Rosa police departments and the Sonoma County Sheriff's department for their assistance and quick action.

-Sia Bani, President, Club Sportiva

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      Drive it like you stole it! Oh wait...
      Sorten Borten
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good job guys. Get it out of your system while you're still young. I wonder if Sonoma County Jail accepts plastic for bail?
      • 1 Year Ago
      • 1 Year Ago
      You think they could charge the bail on a credit card?
      • 1 Year Ago
      These kids were like "worth it!"
      • 1 Year Ago
      But the real question is: did they use their 2-day joy ride to get some pre-jail tail??
      • 1 Year Ago
      Typical Apple users.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Credit card companies deserve a few rip off's at the interest rates they charge. Chase me I you can Manhattan.
        • 1 Year Ago
        You don't pay interest if you repay within 21 days. Get good, don't spend more than you can afford.
          Michael Scoffield
          • 1 Year Ago
          Then why use the ******* card in the first place since you're going to have that money in less than. It doesn't make any sense.
          • 1 Year Ago
          Michael Scoffield I do use the credit card sometimes, even though I could use cash. Some people do it to build a good credit score for example, other just for the convenience.
        • 1 Year Ago
        People aren't forced to use credit cards, they do because they are impatient and don't want to save up. You know what you're getting into when you swipe that card. Caveat emptor.
          • 1 Year Ago
          VS the interest the banks offer you in return to invest with them. F them. I don't use CC's so let them get ripped.
        • 1 Year Ago
        How much interest would YOU say is fair for your unsecured debt?
        • 1 Year Ago
        they charge high rates because of FRAUD just like this!
          • 1 Year Ago
          They would charge high rates anyway...but yeah, idiots like this just give them further justification.
      • 1 Year Ago
      You think they have a green card?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of course this happened in California.I'm just surprised it happened in NorCal. They pretend to be somehow different about "keeping up appearances" up there.This is a yawnably regular occurrence in SoCal/LA. Some hottie gets in a bind between "sponsors"...and/or some Russian / Israeli / Armenian kid with a little computer savvy and a need to "front the life".
      • 1 Year Ago
      Doesnt anyone have last names like Smith, Jones or Miller any more?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Their names say it all
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