Nine of 10 suspects identified, arrested in Apple store burglary

Police have $500,000 arrest warrant for outstanding suspect in smash-and-grab burglary on Dec. 4

Police have identified six more alleged burglars in a brazen December burglary at the Apple store in downtown Palo Alto, but are still looking the last suspect who remains on the loose.

The Dec. 4 burglary happened around 4:30 a.m. when the group rammed a 2016 Kia Soul into the store at 340 University Ave. Witnesses called police dispatch reporting multiple suspects running away from the area.

The crash shattered a 40-foot-tall panel glass window at the front of the store, though part of it still stood in place. Video from the business's surveillance system showed eight to 10 suspects leaving through a hole in the glass with a substantial amount of items, but police haven't released the footage.

Officers are still looking for 19-year-old Reginald Ayala of Oakland and have secured a $500,000 felony warrant for him in the burglary.

Four of the suspects were quickly found when officers searched the area after the theft and arrested them on suspicion of burglary, vandalism and conspiracy. They were identified as a 16-year-old Oakland boy, 18-year-old Erica Jaynisha White of Oakland, 19-year-old Shaquin K. Ferguson and 18-year-old Armonie Pugh of Oakland, who initially told police he was 17 years old.

In the following three weeks, officers identified six other suspects. On Dec. 29, 20-year-old Oakland men Lonnell Turner and Robert Carter were arrested separately. A 17-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl from Oakland were arrested in separate instances in late December. The boy is still being held at Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall while the girl was released to her parents' custody, police said.

Another 17-year-old Oakland boy was arrested by Newport Beach police on Feb. 22 and taken to Alameda County Juvenile Hall, where he's facing unrelated charges, according to police.

Detectives continue to investigate the December burglary and are looking into whether it's related to others at Bay Area Apple stores. The suspects may be connected to an Oakland criminal street gang, but police aren't naming the group to avoid bringing them attention.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call the Police Department's dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to or sent via text message or voicemail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through the department's free mobile app, downloadable at or


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2 people like this
Posted by Decline of journalism
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 8, 2017 at 6:11 pm

An arrest warrant is a command from a court to arrest and bring an identified person before the court.

I have no idea what the PAW writer is trying to say here:

"Police have $500,000 warrant..."

and here:

"Officers...have secured a $500,000 felony for him in the burglary."

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Posted by resident
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 8, 2017 at 6:33 pm

Almost all of the crime reports in PAW are lightly edited from the police department press releases. Strangely, the editing often make the articles much less accurate or understandable.

The text in the original police press release is: "Reginald Ayala, 19, of Oakland, has not yet been arrested and is currently wanted on our outstanding $500,000 felony warrant as a result of this case. No photo of him is available. Detectives are working in conjunction with neighboring agencies to locate him and take him into custody."

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Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Mar 8, 2017 at 11:18 pm

Yes, just go straight to the PAPD Press Release: Web Link

The Police Blotter postings by the media are inaccurate too; there's much more going on than published. Go here for the real scoop: Web Link

Great job on the nabbings, PAPD!

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Posted by XDM
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 9, 2017 at 6:03 am

These idiots didn't think that they would get caught for stealing GPS devices from the company that makes them. Good to see all these criminals apprehended.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 9, 2017 at 8:02 am

They'll all have a fun story to tell their grandchildren. The joke is on us.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 9, 2017 at 9:10 am

@XDM - the GPS on new phones isn't enabled until the phones get activated, and by then they could be resold to unsuspecting consumers in Russia.

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Posted by Hulkamania
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 9, 2017 at 11:57 am

They're probably PC and Android users. A Mac/iPhone user would not defile an Apple temple.

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Posted by nowarranthere
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2017 at 1:54 pm

So looking at the PAPD press release, what does the 500,000 mean in "wanted on our outstanding $500,000 felony warrant"? Why does a dollar number get attacked to a warrant, Is that the bail amount?

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Posted by Arrest warrant
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 9, 2017 at 7:37 pm

Arrest warrant is a registered user.

It took a fair amount of poking around, but I found a source that says, yes, the dollar amount is the amount of bail that the person would need to get out.

Web Link

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