Redwood City CS July 27 2017 A man was sentenced to 18 months in jail for burglarizing vehicles at a Redwood City dealership in March, according to county prosecutors.
Dashan Ali Cowan, 24, of Elk Grove, received a five-year sentence Friday, split between 18 months in jail and 42 months under mandatory court supervision. Cowan pleaded no contest June 9 to six felony auto burglary charges. He had been out of custody on $100,000 bail, but began his sentence immediately after Friday’s verdict.
Cowan was arrested March 4, after a security guard for Boardwalk Chevrolet noticed an unoccupied BMW SUV with its engine running at 2:16 a.m. while on routine patrol, according to a prosecution report. The guard heard a car door slam nearby, then saw a person wearing a ski mask and gloves running toward the BMW and detained the person, who turned out to be Cowan.
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While Cowan was being detained, a second suspect jumped into the guard’s vehicle and drove off. The vehicle was found unoccupied at the intersection of University Avenue and Highway 101 in East Palo Alto, totally engulfed in flames. That suspect has not been identified by authorities.
“It’s an open case and no particular suspects identified at this point,” said Lt. John Gunderson of the Redwood City Police Department.
Cowan told police at the time of his arrest that he was just out for a walk.
A search of the BMW located rental paperwork in Cowan’s name, as well as large bolt cutters, two car stereo units with cut wires, gloves and plastic bins. An examination of the dealership revealed 21 vehicles with smashed windows, four trucks with stereos removed and a vehicle with a stereo partially removed. Total damages were estimated at $12,000.
The case is set to come back to court Sept. 15 for a restitution hearing, according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
“The probation department came back with $35,585,” Wagstaffe said. “The defense attorney didn’t agree … thought it was too high and wants to weigh why probation charged that number.”
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