Max Wade turned 18 last Friday, spending his milestone birthday as a guest in the Marin County juvenile detention center. Wade is charged with the theft of television chef’s yellow Lamborghini. Apparently, who ever stole the Lambro, repelled down a rope through the roof of a San Francisco dealer and snatched the car. Very clever until it was seen crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County under the watchful eye of Caltrans cameras. Nevertheless, the car thief was still able to escape.
But crime goes on and as a young girl, who spurned Wade’s advances, was driving down the road, a motorcyclist pulled up alongside and opened fired with a handgun. Two shots into her truck. They missed her, thank God, but unfortunately for Wade, the police tend to take these issues pretty seriously. They were able to track the motorcycle to a storage facility where they waited patiently for someone to arrive. When the birthday boy showed up to claim his toys, the motorcycle, the Lambro and Wade were all hooked up and towed out of there.
But juvey is no place to spend your birthday. So his buddies planed their own celebration and brought some “parting gifts,” so to speak. Since Wade no longer had a car or motorcycle, they would have to pick him up. And to be considerate, they planned Wade’s 18th party so as not to interfere with the county's transfer to the adult unit as part of their own birthday celebration. What can you say, they’re buddies. So now the “birds of a feather” band, paying no attention to the fact that jails have jailers, cameras, alarms or a (somewhat) high level of security; Wade’s buddies' gifts included wire cutters, bolt cutters and a sledge hammer. They brought their gifts to Wade, unwrapped and somewhat used. They were young and probably on a limited income.
Apparently they had a whole different interpretation of the term “birthday bash” as they thought the subtle pounding of an unbreakable window with a sledge hammer would be a quick and easy fix to get their party started. After all it was 4:30 in the morning.
Unfortunately it turned out to be a not so good idea and simply didn't work. So they asked themselves, "What's the next logical step?" The answer was easy, of course..."Lets post a video of ourselves online, in front of a (random) yellow Lambro. We'll dance and rap our latest hit song entitled “Free Max Wade.”
I personally missed it, but the Marin County Sheriffs gave it two thumbs up. It’s such a pleasant thought to know how many more birthdays the boys will be able to celebrate with Max. I'd say thirty to forty, give or take. Happy birthday, Max.