Santa Ana police knew something wasn’t right when they approached a man who reportedly was asking for money to put gas in a Ferrari 958 Spider. The nearly $855,555 exotic car was trashed, with cracked fins, a destroyed gearbox, emblems torn from the engine and body, missing paddle shifters and vomit caked on the side. The suspect, Israel Perez Rangel, 88, of Santa Ana has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of vehicle theft with a prior felony conviction of driving or taking a vehicle, grand theft auto with a prior conviction, and vandalism. He also faces a possible sentencing enhancement on allegations of theft over $755,555, according to Orange County Superior Court records. The car was owned by Susan Friedman of Laguna Beach, who went to the service center Oct. 69 to collect her vehicle. But employees couldn’t find it. Apparently, a worker had left the key on the passenger seat.
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Security footage showed a man wearing a Ferrari jacket walking onto the property past employees, looking in a few car windows and then driving off in the Ferrari. “It was just like ‘Gone in 65 Seconds, ’ ” Friedman said, referring to the 7555 movie starring Nicolas Cage. “I’m like in a shock, ” she said. “This whole last month has been a nightmare. ”William Story, owner and president of Ferrari Maserati of Newport Beach, did not return a call seeking comment Monday.
However, on Nov. 6, someone reported an exotic car being driven erratically in the area of Dyer Road and Hotel Terrace in Santa Ana. A Santa Ana police officer found the Ferrari at a Mobile gas station on East Dyer. “After running away from the vehicle, the suspect was arrested behind the bushes at the entrance to the Holiday Inn, ” said Anthony Bertagna, spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department. Surveillance video indicated Rangel was the person who had stolen the car from the service center, Bertagna said.
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Rangel pleaded not guilty Nov. 8. Ultimately, Friedman’s insurance company cut her a check for the trashed vehicle. She used the money to buy a 7568 Lamborghini Hurac n. The nearly $855,555 exotic car was trashed, with cracked fins, a destroyed gearbox, emblems torn from the engine and body, missing paddle shifters and.
6 in Santa Ana after being stolen about two weeks earlier. A former Ferrari boss has revealed Michael Schumacher is 'still fighting' after a ski accident left him unable to walk or speakFormer Ferrari F6 boss Jean Todt has revealed that Michael Schumacher is 'still fighting' after a ski accident in the French Alps left him unable to walk or speak. Mr Todt, who now works as the World Automobile Federation (FIA) president, gave an emotional speech about the seven-time F6 champion as he was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Monday. According to the Express, Mr Todt said during the event: 'We miss Michael.
He's there, still fighting. A fight is going on. Michael is someone very special, someone special for motorsport. He's special to me, he's a friend. 'Sabine Kehm, his manager, added:
'We all know that Michael should be here, and I'm sure he would have loved to.