The clerk gave Abbott some cash and he left after taking two bottles of beer. But three hours later the man returned, giving back most of the cash. He even apologized for his action and he waited patiently for police to come. He told to the police he needed cash to leave town for a fresh start. They were unable to find the loaded BB gun which he declared he tossed into a grassy area off a California Street it, after a basic search. Nobody knows if he had the hope to be pardoned. But probably his reason was different from he obtained. He was taken. into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and finally he was booked into jail on $50,000 bail.
Some online commentators on his case which was publicly presented argued that a such fact will not encourage in the future other people to express regrets for their actions.