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Suspect in Fieri car theft well known to police

NOVATO -- Max Wade, suspected in the theft of Santa Rosa chef Guy Fieri's Lamborghini and a drive-by shooting in Mill Valley, had a criminal reputation even before his much-publicized arrest last weekend, authorities said Wednesday.

In fact, the 17-year-old San Rafael boy was already being prosecuted on charges he broke into a vacant hilltop mansion in Tiburon, pretended he lived there and hosted a drinking bash there for dozens of teenagers.

Wade, who was raised in Tiburon, allegedly told guests that the four-bedroom rental home at 133 Sugarloaf Drive was his, said Tiburon police Officer Justin Kurland, who broke up the Feb. 3 party.

"He was showing people rooms," Kurland said.

Police arrived at 9 p.m., about half an hour after the party started, and found the floors and carpets damaged by some 50 teenage revelers. Wade fled just as police arrived, and the case was sent to the district attorney's office for charges.

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.

Wade had a juvenile court appearance in the Tiburon burglary case last week at the Civic Center. By then, he had been identified as the suspected motorcycle gunman who blasted an occupied truck on April 13 in Mill Valley, but investigators were unsure where he was staying.

As Wade was walking through the courthouse for his hearing, a sheriff's investigator happened to spot him in the corridor. Detectives tailed him to a home on Marina Boulevard in east San Rafael, where he was apparently staying with an associate, an investigator said. The home of Wade's parents is elsewhere in San Rafael.

Sheriff's investigators placed the Marina Boulevard house under surveillance. On Saturday, an investigator saw Wade leave the home in the black Ford Crown Victoria, and followed him to a Richmond storage facility where he kept a storage container, authorities said.

That led to a search of the container, where investigators found a motorcycle and a handgun Wade is suspected of using in the Mill Valley shooting, according to court documents.


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