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Video shows BMW X5 crash into California Apple Store

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A break-in at the Temecula, Calif., Apple Store last week was captured on video, showing the burglars crashing through the glass storefront and making a mad dash to grab as many valuable electronics as they could.

The video, highlighted by Tech-Shizzle on Thursday, is surveillance footage from inside the Temecula Apple Store. it shows a 2003 BMW X-5 crashing into the store, smashing the front windows and sending tables with Apple products on them flying.



Police have said that the vehicle was reportedly driven into the store by 22-year-old Equonne R. Howard, after which a passenger quickly stole iPhones and iPods.

Police allege that Howard popped two of the tires on the BMW. After the burglary took place, he reportedly changed one tire near the store, while the other flat was allegedly addressed with a stolen can of Fix-A-Flat from a nearby 7-11.

Howard, however, reportedly failed to repair the flat tires on his vehicle, and the BMW was abandoned about a mile from the Temecula Apple Store.

The suspect was apprehended by the Riverside Sheriff's Office when he returned to the scene of the crime in an apparent effort to retrieve the front license plate that came off his vehicle.

Howard is being held on $600,000 bail, which is the estimated amount of damage that was done to the Apple Store.
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Idiot.
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Why were they stealing $200 iPods when there are $2000 MacBook Pros all over the store? Any why smash up a BMW when you could steal a suburban?

Clearly some brilliant teamwork going on here.
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The stupidity of this astounds me.
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Why were they stealing $200 iPods when there are $2000 MacBook Pros all over the store? Any why smash up a BMW when you could steal a suburban?

Clearly some brilliant teamwork going on here.

I'm sure the BMW was stolen so what do they care about a luxury car vs. a utility vehicle. But yeah the Suburban would never get stuck like that BMW.

 

As inexpensive as disk storage is these days I'm always surprised how poor the video quality is in these surveillance cameras. They should be capturing full 1080 HD. It would make it a lot easier to id the bad guys.

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Just hilarious that he can't get the car out of the store.  He keeps getting snagged on either the front curtain wall or the security screen.  Plus the value of the merchandise stolen probably would not have covered the damage to his car.  And they aren't stealing boxed goods they are stealing display goods.  

 

I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say drugs were a factor.

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The Audi S8 would've been too easy to trace back to Jason Statham.

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I'm sure the BMW was stolen so what do they care about a luxury car vs. a utility vehicle. As inexpensive as disk storage is these days I'm always surprised how poor the video quality is in these surveillance cameras. They should be capturing full 1080 HD. It would make it a lot easier to id the bad guys.

It's a cost factor.  The cost of HD cameras (good ones) is still way higher than SD.  It's not just storage, but the whole package.  But yes, if you want to actually identify someone you should spend the dollars to get HD.  

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Love it - you can see the numberplate fall off at 3 secs.
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These were the Zune players of thieves.
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Love it - you can see the numberplate fall off at 3 secs.

 Good thing CA requires front license plates, lol. If that was even the reason for the suspects return...

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I'm sure the BMW was stolen so what do they care about a luxury car vs. a utility vehicle. But yeah the Suburban would never get stuck like that BMW.

 

As inexpensive as disk storage is these days I'm always surprised how poor the video quality is in these surveillance cameras. They should be capturing full 1080 HD. It would make it a lot easier to id the bad guys.

I don't think the car was stolen. The nut came back for the license plate. LOL 

 

"The suspect was apprehended by the Riverside Sheriff's Office when he returned to the scene of the crime in an apparent effort to retrieve the front license plate that came off his vehicle."

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They don't bother crashing into Microsoft Stores. 

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This is how the Kardashians go shopping.
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That's Android's turn by turn directions for you! Straight into an Apple Store.
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They don't bother crashing into Microsoft Stores. 

Which was probably right across the street. LOL

Just for laughs.

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Smash half the stuff you’re trying to steal, AND the car, which gets stuck in the store. Then steal the less-valuable, most-traceable items and leave the rest. Then mess around fixing the car and stealing Fix-a-flat in the same area you just trashed.

Step 3: Profit!

Ah, the importance of planning.

I wonder how many different stores they rammed into looking for Fix-a-flat.
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Leaving his license plate at the scene of the crime is classic.

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I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say drugs were a factor.

 

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I don't think the car was stolen. The nut came back for the license plate. LOL 

Ok then I'll take Quote: #1 for the right answer.

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That's Android's turn by turn directions for you! Straight into an Apple Store.

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Why would they go back to collect the license plate if it were a stolen car?

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They don't bother crashing into Microsoft Stores. 

They have already plenty of PC's crashing in their stores.
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Why would they go back to collect the license plate if it were a stolen car?


The story doesn't say the car was stolen - just everything else.

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Why would they go back to collect the license plate if it were a stolen car?

That's what I was thinking. And if it was stolen why bother fixing a flat? LOL

 

"Police allege that Howard popped two of the tires on the BMW. After the burglary took place, he reportedly changed one tire near the store, while the other flat was allegedly addressed with a stolen can of Fix-A-Flat from a nearby 7-11.

Howard, however, reportedly failed to repair the flat tires on his vehicle, and the BMW was abandoned about a mile from the Temecula Apple Store.
"

 

Now the can of fix-a-flat was stolen. LOL

 

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iPads on the table... or iPads we just hit with an SUV?  I'll take the smashed ones please.

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Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post
That's Android's turn by turn directions for you! Straight into an Apple Store.

 

Talk about advertising screwing with search results!


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They have already plenty of PC's crashing in their stores.

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post #29 of 77
I'm from Temecula and the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw this was
"This town deserves a better class of criminal."
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They've been Samsunged!

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post #32 of 77
Stupid name (Equonne...??), stupid criminal, another stupid burden on taxpayers.
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Must be an old BMW - the new ones all have run-flat tires and no spare.

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It was his own car. hahahahaha

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post #35 of 77
Just another Apple hater. He must really hate the iPhone 5.
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I'm sure the BMW was stolen so what do they care about a luxury car vs. a utility vehicle. But yeah the Suburban would never get stuck like that BMW.

 

As inexpensive as disk storage is these days I'm always surprised how poor the video quality is in these surveillance cameras. They should be capturing full 1080 HD. It would make it a lot easier to id the bad guys.

They wouldn't have gone back to retrieve the license plate if the car were stolen.  So they were just plain stupid to trash their own car for a few display phones and pads.

 

I do wonder what that store front was made of, that it could keep bouncing the car back into the store repeatedly, after letting said car in in the first place.

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Originally Posted by bonobob View Post

I do wonder what that store front was made of, that it could keep bouncing the car back into the store repeatedly, after letting said car in in the first place.

 

Why, it was made of one way glass, of course.

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Idiots. Lowering the bar for everyone.

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