Whenever Max Wade felt like taking his stolen Lamborghini out for a spin, the 17-year-old headed down to his storage unit at the aptly named CSI Mini Storage in Richmond, CA. Wade could access the bright yellow sports car, which belonged to celebrity chef Guy Fieri, or any of his other incriminating items – a motorcycle, AK-47, San Francisco Police Department uniform, electronic transmitting devices – whenever he wanted.
Without a doubt, it was a convenient setup for an aspiring mafioso. Wade is currently facing seven felony charges, including two accounts of attempted murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle, vehicle theft, commercial burglary, and receiving stolen property. Although he is being tried as an adult, he’s being held in Juvenile Hall on a $2 million bail.
This is not his first run-in with San Rafael police, as he assaulted a high school student in 2009 and stole his mother’s SUV in 2010. However, over the past two years, Wade’s exploits have become more outlandish and his criminal aspirations more grandiose. One can only speculate as to how many times he’s seen the Jason Bourne films.
Wade put the stolen vehicle in storage, alongside other incriminating items, including cell phone signal jamming devices and a mask that police suspect could implicate him in a string of unsolved bank heists.
After a heated exchange on Facebook last month,Wade shot at 18-year-old Landon Wahlstrom and an unidentified 17-year-old girl while they sat in Wahlstrom’s truck in Mill Valley, California. Riding by on a motorcycle, Wade fired five rounds from a semi-automatic weapon. Both victims suffered minor injuries when struck by broken glass.
After seeing news reports of the attack, local resident Mark Brietbard called authorities to inform them that a man on a motorcycle pulled into a Chevron gas station around the time of the attack. Surveillance footage retrieved from the Chevron station revealed that the man was wearing a “Bilit” helmet. Marin County Sheriff’s Detective Greg Garrett discovered that this particular model of helmet is only sold online and in Cycle Gear stores. After pulling surveillance stills from a Cycle Gear store in San Francisco and showing photos to the female victim, detective Garrett was able to identify the assailant as Max Wade.
At this point in time, neither the police nor Wade’s parents knew where he was living, but a serendipitous encounter sent the investigation into high gear. While Wade was at a San Rafael courthouse for a separate incident – breaking into an empty Tiburon mansion and throwing a party – he happened to catch the eye of Detective Garrett. Garrett recognized Wade from the photographs and put him under surveillance. Police followed the suspect to a house in east San Rafael, which they immediately put under surveillance.
On April 28, a police helicopter followed Wade as he drove the Lamborghini, and authorities arrested him at CSI Mini Storage— actual business name. When he was apprehended, Wade carried $1,500 in cash, two cell phones, a fake ID, and a loaded revolver in his waistline.
Max Wade faces 30 years to life in prison. He appeared in front of Judge Paul Haakenson again last week in Marin Superior Court, but Wade has yet to make a plea. Lawyer Charles Dreswon hopes to get Wade tried as a minor, calling the case “very complicated.”
SELF-STORAGE CRIME DRAMA TIMELINE
August 20, 2008
Wade begins 9th grade at Redwood High School. A police report is filed after Wade head-butts a classmate in the face during a dodgeball game.
April 7, 2009
According to Tamalpais-Union School District records, Wade leaves Redwood High.
Wade steals his mother’s maroon SUV and paints it black.
March 8, 2011
Wade rappels down the roof of a San Francisco car dealership, climbs through a window, and steals celebrity chef Guy Fieri’s Lamborghini.
February 3, 2012
Wade breaks into an empty mansion in Tiburon and hosts a party with over 50 attendees.
April 13, 2012 [11:30 am]
Riding a motorcycle, Wade brandishes an automatic weapon and fires five rounds into a parked truck. Landon Wahlstrom (18) and an unidentified girl (17) suffer minor injuries.
April 25, 2012
Wade appears at a San Rafael courthouse for a separate offense – breaking into that mansion and hosting a party. Fortuitously, Marin County Sheriff’s detective Greg Garrett recognizes Wade at the courthouse and immediately puts surveillance on him.
April 28, 2012
Wade is apprehended at CSI Mini Storage in Richmond, CA with $1,500 cash, a fake ID, two cell phones, and a loaded handgun in his waistline.
May 1, 2012
Wade appears in court, and his arraignment is postponed until May 10.
May 10, 2012
Wade is arraigned in Marin County Superior Court. He is being held on a $2 million bail and has yet to make a plea.
Wade’s next hearing is scheduled for May 20, 2012.
CONTENTS OF WADE’S STORAGE UNIT
• Replica San Francisco Police Department uniform and badge
• Dismantled AK-47
• .357 revolver
• Cell phone signal jamming devices
• Fake IDs for Florida, California, and New York
• List of police scanner frequencies
• Documents planning future crimes
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