Adam Meimke, co-owner of Cloud 9 Imports at 578 California Blvd. in San Luis Obispo, doesnâ€™t think very highly of 22-year-old Abraham Finn-Howell.
After breaking through the head shopâ€™s large plate-glass window, Finn-Howell allegedly smashed his fist into a tall smoking-pipe display case at around 2 a.m. on June 13. According to a police report, while Finn-Howell snatched an unknown number of elaborate glass pipes from the caseâ€”valued at as much as $1,000 eachâ€”he provided police with numerous fingerprints.
The shattered glass also seems to have left a deep gash in Fin-Howellâ€™s hand. He fled to his car on Taft Street, reportedly leaving behind a trail of blood and pipes.
â€œThere was blood everywhere,â€? Meimke said. â€œIt looks like he was standing in here bleeding, wondering what to do.â€?
Police responded to the shopâ€™s audible alarm and, after seeing the bloodshed, contacted local hospitals and asked if anyone was being treated for a gash. After receiving a positive response from French Hospital, officers reportedly located a car parked outside the emergency room with numerous glass pipes covered in blood lying on the passenger seat. Inside, hospital personnel were stitching Finn-Howellâ€™s injured hand.
â€œHe left evidence all over the place,â€? said San Luis Obispo Police Capt. Dan Blanke. â€œItâ€™s a neat case from our perspective, because it came together quickly and we recovered all of the stolen property.â€?
While grateful that everything was returned, Meimke estimated that the break-in would ultimately cost the import shop about $400 to replace the window and clean up the mess.
â€œThe police were very, very helpful,â€? Meimke said. â€œEspecially considering it is a head shop.â€?
Finn-Howell was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary and booked into SLO County Jail, where he remained on a probation hold as of June 14.