Equonne R. Howard, 22 years-old, thought the store was a perfect target. Simply run the vehicle through the front window, grab an arm full of electronics and leave. Best laid plans have a tendency to go awry however.
says the store's alarm went off at 4:47 a.m. When law enforcement officials arrived on the scene, glass was everywhere but no one was inside the store. According to Gizmodo,
police did find the vehicles license plate, which got stuck in the security gate, in the store.
The store's security cameras caught the comedic series of events on tape.
Howard smashed his car through the store's window, and pushed past the security gate. His accomplice jumped out of the passenger door and began to stuff a bag full of iPods and iPhones. As the accomplice was grabbing the electronics, Howard was trying to free his vehicle from the security gate. Howard pulls the SUV forward and rams the gate, this time in reverse, but cannot get the vehicle free. He continues the process several times before he is finally able to break free of the gate. His accomplice gets back into the vehicle and they leave the area. Later realizing that his licence plate was missing, Howard returned to the store to retrieve it, only to be met by awaiting police officers. Howard was identified as the owner of the vehicle and arrested.
Residents in the area stopped to watch the clean up and repairs. One resident told KTLA
"you got half of Tamecula here" because "this is the most excitement we've had in a long time."
Howard is in jail on a $600,000 bail. Because of his previous criminal record, he could face 25 years in prison under California’s three-strikes law according to Geek.com