Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has released surveillance footage from inside the Temecula Apple Store burglary — showing the brazen smash-and-grab event in progress as a 2003 BMW X-5 comes crashing through the front window and security gate.
Seconds later suspects can be seen exiting the vehicle and begin grabbing iPhones and iPads off display tables and off the floor. Inside of one minute the BMW hits reverse in order to flee the scene — footage shows the car ramming the security gate a few times in order to get free of the store entrance.
"Sgt. Kevin McDonald said the badly damaged BMW, which was left with two flat tires, did not make it far from the crime scene. Howard apparently switched out one flat for the spare tire and went to a nearby 7-Eleven to steal a container of Fix-A-Flat, he said." - Source: PE Local News
A 22-year-old suspect, Equonne Romon Howard, has been charged with vandalism, burglary and theft of electronics in connection with the break-in. Howard who pleaded not guilty Wednesday, Sept. 12, to multiple felonies, is being held on $600,000 bail. Three other suspects in the case have not been identified.