Siri-ous failure by Apple store ram raider

The alleged gang leader of a group of thieves in America has been arrested – after he returned to the scene of the crime to collect the number plate of the car used in a ram-raid.

The gang targeted the Apple store in the Californian city of Temecula on 6th September. Using a BMW X5 to drive through the front window of the building, one of the gang quickly set about scooping up iPads and iPhones.

However, when trying to leave, the gang found the retractable security gates had dropped, forcing them to smash back through in the car.

As well as delaying their exit, the collapsible gates had already wreaked damage on the car. When first entering the store, the gates had punctured two tyres and ripped off the number plate.

It was when Equonne Howard, the legal owner of the luxury 4×4, was spotted near the shop – suspected to be collecting the number plate – that he was picked up. Police were waiting in expectation that someone may come back.

Howard was arrested and a search found keys to the car on his person.

Earlier in the day, Howard also reportedly picked up a puncture repair kit from a nearby 7-Eleven convenience store.

The 22-year old was subsequently charged with burglary, theft of electronics and vandalism. He has pleaded not-guilty to all charges.

Howard is being held on a $600,000 (£370,000) bond – the estimated cost of the incident to Apple.

Police believe that three others were involved in the raid.

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