Smash and Grab at California Apple Store leads to arrests

The things some people do for an iDevice has surely reached multi facepalm and slaps to the forehead levels as evidenced in the video below.

A surveillance video of a Los Angeles man who was later charged with driving his 2003 BMW X5 into an Apple retail store in Temecula, Calif., for a quick smash and grab has been released by the Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday. You've got to see it to believe it.

The four man raid caused hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage (including damage to the SUV) for what seemed like only a few Apple gadgets. One of the passengers, who exits the vehicle is seen hurriedly gathering up a few iPads and maybe iPhones before making his exit from the store, leaving the driver to attempt his own exit which doesn't go quite as well.

The only named suspect, Equonne R. Howard, 22, is being held on $600,000 bail which is subsequently the estimated cost of damages to the store; names of the other three suspects haven't been released. 

The poor Apple Store has been boarded up and closed.

Source: CNN

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Wow how stupid, only went after a few iPhones and iPads? Why not get even more. The idiot in the BMW only had to push the gate and they could have all crawled under the gate.

Microsoft's security is much better. Someone tried to smash and grab a Microsoft Store for Xbox 360s but was quickly stopped and arrested.

I live in temecula and was over there that morning. Was funny to watch the employees out on the curb trying to help people with some stuff. One guy was trying to fix a macbook with all his tools all over the curb and the laptop on a apple shirt.

Sad thing was, people had said since they started to build the store that if they didnt put up those huge concrete barriers this was going to happen.

Ameteur ram raiders, whatever next Crumbs step 1 of the course clearly states not to use your own vehicle. Step 2 states once through the door, don`t carry on into the store!
Idiots...

What idoits!!. why couldn't they wait for the new iphone 5 come out first than smash and grab.. all those old iphones are worthless.. Man, they need to put this on that tv show call "Worlds Dumbest" Criminal..... LOL

The car has to be stolen as well.

It makes no sense to rob iProducts in a BMW......If you can afford a BMW, you can afford a iProduct....

This makes little sense.. BMW SUV to steal $2000 worth of iCrap that is serialized, logged and never going to get on any cellular network?

What a bunch of absolute munters, grab a $200 wrecking car and use that as your ram... not a late model SUV. Hell a bummed car can easily be dropped in at a crushers (looks legit enough) and sold for scrap (money back ) What they stole would probably cover the damage to the SUV. Not very bright!!

Was thinking the same thing! Surely the damage on the SUV well outweighed the value of the unboxed / shop soiled examples of the hardware they stole. What a complete and utter moron.

Auzeras said,
What a bunch of absolute munters, grab a $200 wrecking car and use that as your ram... not a late model SUV. Hell a bummed car can easily be dropped in at a crushers (looks legit enough) and sold for scrap (money back ) What they stole would probably cover the damage to the SUV. Not very bright!!
My guess is the car was stolen to begin with. What boggles my mind is the second clip shows all the MBP's sitting there. As long as it took him to grab the ~7 iPhones, he could have grabbed 3 or 4 MBP's, each of which were worth around 3 or 4 iPhones and a whole lot less traceable in the open market.

IronChef75 said,

Yeah, selling overpriced gadgets.

You sound a little butthurt over a store. Go enjoy life besides being angry over something this trivial.