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Court Date For L.A. Man Suspected of Apple Burglary Next Week

Equonne Romon Howard is expected in court Sept. 20 to answer charges of second-degree burglary and parole violation.

A Los Angeles man suspected of involvement in the drive-in, smash-and-grab burglary at the store in was expected in court next week to answer charges of burglary and parole violation.

There are no local conviction records available for Equonne Romon Howard, who is expected in court Sept. 20.

He was arrested Thursday while walking around The Promenade following an early morning at the store, 40764 Winchester Road.

The vehicle suspected as the one used to break into the store -- a blue BMW SUV -- was found badly damaged and abandoned in a parking lot at Ynez and Winchester roads.

According to sheriff's Sgt. Kevin McDonald, three suspects got out of the BMW  and started grabbing items off display shelves; as the three looted, the driver repeatedly rammed the security gate, which had clanked down behind the vehicle as it entered.

They all wore gloves, dark clothing covered their entire bodies and hooded sweatshirts were worn over heads and faces, McDonald said.

Howard was being held on no bail stemming from an out-of-county case.

V.W.D.S. September 12, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I'm still curious how they identified him as a suspect. Nothing has been said about him having any of the items in his possession. As for the vehicle - ok, it was abandonded, how do you tie this guy to the vehicle and what idiot would be walking around the mall after they spent the morning breaking in? Doesn't make sense and one more question: Is that a tattoo on his face or are those abrasions?
Net September 12, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Another one bites the dust. Maybe he thought he was slick and they wouldn't suspect him to hang around. Those look like tattoos, he must be a Mike Taison fan.
in2golf.37 September 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Was the BMW stolen? Who in their right mind crashes a Beemer? Why not use a 74 Plymouth Valiant or AMC Hornet? Stupid is what stupid does!
That Temecula Guy September 12, 2012 at 10:12 PM
What a weirdly shaped head he has. Maybe his defense will be stupidity due to a malformed noggin which inhibited proper brain growth. I applaud him on getting the facial tattoos. By action, he's obviously admitted that absolutely anything MIGHT make him less ugly. In this case, he was wrong.
That Temecula Guy September 12, 2012 at 11:50 PM
You're not off the hook either, Net Kit. Minus 10 brain points for misspelling Mike Tyson.
Net September 12, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Who cares if its Mike Tyson, Taison, Thyson, Thaison, Tysohn, Tycon. You know what I meant. Ever heard of Ebonics? Hey low!
Only my thought September 13, 2012 at 12:05 AM
@ Net kit lol u gotta b careful wit the Patch crew they dnt like Ebonics lmao
BIGTOM September 13, 2012 at 02:38 AM
V.W.D.S. the car was registered to him and they found his licence plate in the store,as for him walking by the store ,he is a crimminal not a smart guy.
Adrian September 13, 2012 at 07:56 AM
Wow, Net. You're really adjusting the Bell Curve on this thread.
in2golf.37 September 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Note to self: If endeavoring to succeed in a life of crime, DO NOT place identifying marks on FACE. Side note: immediately returning to scene of the crime is a NO NO. Closing thought: using a car registered in your name for illegal activity expedites your trip to the "blue bar motel" complete with matching set of bracelets.
V.W.D.S. September 13, 2012 at 03:24 PM
lol, really ! I guess I just couldn't fathom that someone could be THAT stupid to use their own car, and return to the scene so quickly. Maybe he was going back to get his license plate?
That Temecula Guy September 13, 2012 at 03:39 PM
He wuz prob'ly thinkin' "Big Mamma gunna slap me upside mah head if I di'nt bring back dat plate."
Vor September 13, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Thanks to all of you for making me smile this morning. Some funny stuff.
Net September 13, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Mamma-say mamma sah, ma moh-moh sah!
That Temecula Guy September 13, 2012 at 05:27 PM
No need to insult Michael Jackson. He at least gave something back to the world. This guy, on the other hand, was probably a leech from birth. Welfare, wasting educational taxpayer dollars by failing and dropping out, Juvie Detention, unemployment, jail, parole, jail again, then prison. You know this guy is probably a repeat offender. He is the stereotype that we hate to see. I guess I could be wrong. He might be a PhD that has fallen on hard times that speaks perfect English. That must be why he was driving a BMW, right? I'm just guessing that his no-bail warrant from another county was probably just a misunderstanding. I'm sure no one could quite fathom what he was really saying since they had never heard such amazingly spoken English before. You gotta wonder what he was really thinking though. Let's take another look: Probably cased the place ahead of time... or not. Didn't notice the security gate that drops if the windows are broken, or the cameras above. Store is located right in the middle of a big enclosed mall loop, with limited ingress and egress. A big bashed up blue BMW won't draw attention while trying to get on the 15! So now, crash into the store front. Jump out and grab stuff while the metal security door starts to drop. Ram the door to open it back up because you're now stuck. Park the vehicle nearby after failing to notice your plate, among other vehicle parts, was left in the store. Walk around the area while the police are looking for the bad guy.
Italo Domani September 13, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Earlier reports stated the BMW was stolen. Either way, this guy qualifies for America's Dumbest Criminal. Some of the previous comments I've read here today only serve to enforce my opinion that this part of CA is populated with uneducated, ignorant, uncultured, racist white trash. Welcome to the "Inland Empire".
That Temecula Guy September 13, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Hello Michael Stark. I just reread the comments, and couldn't find anything racist, with the exception of your foolish and ignorant insults. I'm not even fully "white" but your trolling is like vomit on the screen to me. Go elsewhere Mikey. The Inland Empire is so much better than so many other places. If you are here, you are welcome to relocate. So, that being said, I am equal opportunity when it comes to completely stupid criminals. If this guy had been any other race, everyone here would have said the same things. We mock his tattoos, his probable way of speaking (get real, you KNOW that's how he talks), his way of life, and his pathetic yet sensational attempt at crime.
Net September 13, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Michael: "white trash?" Really? I guess you're entitled to your opinion, an ignorant, uneducated, and uncultured opinion. "Stop actin a foo. I pity the foo who wear my jewelry!"
Maleeekaaah September 16, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Michael stark you are an idiot why would you even bring race into this.....you are the racist no one even spoke about race. Idiot, it's people like you that cause racism in this world. If you don't like America or the ie then leave !
John September 16, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Its time for the Calif State Lottery Commission to stop funding schools and to start funding the building of more state prisons. Keep the thugs off the streets.

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