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Porn star Carmella Bing, who was born Sarah Marie Fass, was apprehended in an Irvine backyard early Wednesday and cited for drug paraphernalia possession by police following a stolen car she was riding in as part of an identity theft ring investigation.
The 31-year-old Los Angeles resident was cited, booked and released, but she so far has not been otherwise linked to the Mercedes Benz stolen out of Panorama City, various phony credit cards and driver’s licenses found inside the car and three men who have been arrested on various felony theft counts.
The case unraveled around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, when an Irvine patrol officer saw a Mercedes with paper license plates speeding along Lake Forest Drive. The car disappeared into a nearby residential area but was spotted a short time later parked in the driveway of a home, according to a statement from Lt. Julia Engen, the Irvine Police Department spokeswoman.
When officers approached the car, they could see and man and two women ducked down inside with the lights off. The man, who was behind the wheel, then started the car and quickly backed out of the driveway. The Mercedes was later found abandoned in another nearby driveway.
Officers searching the area found Faas in a backyard.
As Carmella Bing, who is reportedly of Italian and Hawaiian ancestry, Faas has appeared in 138 adult films, according to the Adult Film Database. Titles include The Devil in Miss Jones: The Resurrection, Licensed to Blow, Busty Beauties Flotation Devices, Monster Meat #10, Anally Yours… Love Carmella Bing! and, perfect for a stocking stuffer, A Big Tit Christmas.
The bio on her AVN page lists her at 5-foot-10 and 134 pounds with measurements of34DD-26-34. Here is the accompanying photo:
Compare that with her booking photo snapped Wednesday:
|Mugshots courtesy of the Irvine Police Department|
|Sarah Marie Faas, the adult entertainer known as Carmella Bing.|
Those are some serious road (rode?) years.
An Orange County sheriff’s deputy picked up the second woman at a bus stop nearby. She was briefly detained and released without being charged with anything.
Meanwhile, back at the Mercedes that was stolen in September, officers found burglary tools and more than a dozen California driver’s licenses and 60 credit cards bearing the names of around 20 people who had their identities stolen, Engen said.
One officer noticed the photo on a phony I.D. was really Michael Harding, 34, a suspect in the theft of a vehicle from the area of Sand Canyon and the 405 freeway, also in September, according to Engen, who added he was linked to the auto theft after allegedly using a credit card that had been inside the vehicle.
On Wednesday afternoon, detectives found Harding in a shopping center in the area of Shady Canyon and the 405, which, as Engen notes, is the same general area where the vehicle was stolen in September. Investigators believe he may also be linked to another stolen car from Irvine as well as another from a different Orange County location, the spokeswoman said.
|Courtesy of the Irvine Police Department|
|Some of the phony credit cards, driver’s licenses and DMV I.D.s police say they unearthed.|
For now, Harding has been arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, vehicle burglary, commercial burglary, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, fraudulent use of a credit card and possession of burglary tools.
He is additionally being held for two outstanding arrest warrants totaling $250,000 for burglaries committed in San Diego County, Engen said.
With Harding was James Deroze, a 27-year-old parolee who, according to Engen, had a phony DMV Identification on him. He was booked into Orange County Jail and held in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Detectives are now working to identify the victims of identity theft as well as angles that may linking Harding to other Irvine crimes, according to Engen.
The investigation has already produced another suspect: Phillip Alano, 29, who is accused of possessing the personal information of more than 10 identity theft victims. He was booked into Orange County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.