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No head for crime 

Adam Meimke, co-owner of Cloud 9 Imports at 578 California Blvd. in San Luis Obispo, doesn’t think very highly of 22-year-old Abraham Finn-Howell.

After breaking through the head shop’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 case—valued at as much as $1,000 each—he provided police with numerous fingerprints.

The shattered glass also seems to have left a deep gash in Fin-Howell’s hand. He fled to his car on Taft Street, reportedly leaving behind a trail of blood and pipes.

“There was blood everywhere,� Meimke said. “It looks like he was standing in here bleeding, wondering what to do.�

Police responded to the shop’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-Howell’s injured hand.

“He left evidence all over the place,� said San Luis Obispo Police Capt. Dan Blanke. “It’s a neat case from our perspective, because it came together quickly and we recovered all of the stolen property.�

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.

“The police were very, very helpful,� Meimke said. “Especially considering it is a head shop.�

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.


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