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Teens arrested after renting $12 million vacation home and $240,000 sports car

By Mason White 1:21 PM June 10, 2014
Mohannad Halaweh and the car 

By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A teenager who tried to live the high life, was arrested by California police, while driving a $240,000 sports car.

19-year-old Mohannad Halaweh, was arrested Wednesday, on suspicion of driving a stolen sports car that is worth $240,000 – according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s office.

Police officers stopped Halaweh, a former basketball star at Analy High School, while he was driving the orange 2012 McLaren. He was arrested at about 6:45 p.m., in Santa Rosa.

Detectives said that Halaweh had used a stolen credit cards to rent the McLaren for $13,000 from a company in San Jose. He also spent $27,000 to rent a $12 million vacation home in Glen Ellen.

Halaweh was taken to the Sonoma County Jail, where he was booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property and credit card fraud. His bail was set at $100,000.

His passenger, Nhimia Kahsay, 19, of Santa Rosa, was also arrested on an outstanding fraud warrant. Kahsay’s bail has been set at $60,000.

Halaweh reportedly had a previous brush with the law. In March, he was arrested in Berkeley, on suspicion of using a fake credit card to try to buy 14 iPhones and two laptops at an Apple Store.