Teens’ sports car joy ride doesn’t last long


Two teens who used fraudulent credit card numbers to rent an expensive sports car were thwarted when the car was reported stolen and they were pulled over by Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies in Roseland on Wednesday, sheriff’s officials said.

After deputies pulled over the $250,000 2012 McLaren MP4-12 over on Dutton Avenue on Wednesday, deputies discovered the two 19-year-olds had also rented a $12 million vacation home for $27,000 using the same credit card numbers, sheriff’s officials said.

The teens were identified as Rohnert Park resident Mohannad Halaweh and Santa Rosa resident Nhimia Kahsay.

Halaweh was booked into county jail on suspicion of possession of stolen property and credit card fraud. He is being held under $100,000 bail. Kahsay was booked on suspicion of outstanding fraud warrants from Del Norte County under $60,000 bail.

Anyone with information about the case has been asked to call Detective Donald Fletcher at (707) 565-2202.

— Scott Morris, Bay City News

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