Redwood City CA March 9 2017 A man arrested after smashing the windows of 21 cars and removing stereos from four of them at a Redwood City car dealer Saturday was charged Monday with car burglary and vandalism, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.
Dashan Cowan, 24, of Elk Grove was detained by a private security guard and later arrested by police after the guard found him with a window punch tool in a parking lot at the Boardwalk Auto Mall in Redwood City. The resulting damage was estimated at $12,000, according to prosecutors.
The security guard was performing a routine check of the car dealership just east of East Bayshore Road and north of Bair Island Road shortly after 2:15 a.m. Saturday when he spotted an unoccupied BMW SUV with its engine running. When he got out his vehicle, he saw Cowan running toward the BMW with a ski mask and gloves on along with an accomplice, who has not yet been identified, according to prosecutors.
The guard was able to detain Cowan and call the police, but Cowan’s accomplice ran into his security vehicle and drove away. The car was later found in flames near Highway 101 and University Avenue in East Palo Alto, according to prosecutors.
The police found bolt cutters and two car stereos in the BMV, which Cowan rented under his own name.
Cowan has a prior conviction of felony auto theft and will next appear in court Wednesday for entry of a plea deal. He is in custody and his bail has been set at $100,000, according to prosecutors.