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Fieri Lamborghini theft suspect in Marin County courtroom

Max Wade, the San Rafael teen accused of trying to kill two people in Mill Valley and stealing TV chef Guy Fieri's $200,000 Lamborghini in San Francisco, appeared in court under heavy security Monday as a judge set a plea hearing for Dec. 5.

The brief appearance of Wade, 18, attracted as many court bailiffs as other onlookers, with five deputies standing by to provide security. Someone tried to break into Juvenile Hall to free Wade when he was held there this summer.

Wade's lawyer, Charles Dresow, filed legal papers Monday objecting to lumping the Mill Valley attempted murder case and the car theft case into one proceeding, saying the allegations are not connected.

Judge Kelly Simmons earlier ruled there is sufficient evidence to justify holding a trial on six charges at the heart of the case, and Wade remains in custody in lieu of $2 million bail.

Authorities allege Wade rode a motorcycle next to a pickup on April 13 in Mill Valley and fired a handgun at a teenage couple inside. The couple escaped with minor injuries.

The prosecution also alleges Wade stole a yellow Lamborghini in March 2011 from British Motor Cars, a luxury car dealership in San Francisco.

-- Marin Independent Journal

Police said the Lamborghini, which belonged to restaurateur and TV chef Guy Fieri, was stolen after someone entered the building through the roof and rappelled down to the car.

The car was recovered 10 months later when Marin sheriff's investigators identified Wade as a suspect in the Mill Valley shooting. With Wade under surveillance, investigators tracked him to a storage facility in Richmond.

Investigators searched the storage container and seized the Lamborghini, a motorcycle, weapons and ammunition, fake IDs for three states, equipment to jam radio and cell signals, a replica police uniform and writings about plans for crime.


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