A suspected Ferrari thief was caught after he was found begging for money for petrol.
Israel Perez Rangel, however denies stealing the $300,000 car. Police found him in Santa Ana begging for money to put petrol for 458 spider. That is where the 38 year old was arrested.
Officers noticed the supercar was trashed, with cracked fins, a destroyed gearbox, emblems torn from the engine and body and missing paddle shifters.
There was also vomit cake on the right side of the car.
The car was stolen two weeks earlier from Ferrari & Maserati of Newport Beach service center in Costa Mesa after a worker left the key on a passenger seat, police said.
It was caught in the CCTV footage that a man dressed in a Ferrari jacket walking towards the car and taking the car.
Police were alerted to reports of a Ferrari driving erratically and stopped at a junction.
Officers also received a call about the driver asking for petrol money, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
Rangel allegedly fled when police arrived but was later found and arrested behind bushes near a Holiday Inn, police said.
The Ferrari owner was able to claim insurance and used the money to buy a 2018 Lamborghini Huracan, the Times reported.