November 28, 2017 > Laptop thief caught after grab and run from coffee shop
Laptop thief caught after grab and run from coffee shop
Submitted By San Leandro PD
On Monday, November 20, 2017 at approximately 4:20 p.m., San Leandro Police officers were dispatched to a local coffee shop after a victim reported that his laptop was stolen. The victim stated that he was sitting in the cafe working on his laptop when a suspect suddenly grabbed the computer from the table and fled.
A customer inside of the coffee witnessed the theft and watched as the suspect ran to a waiting vehicle. The witness copied the suspect vehicle's license plate number as it drove away.
Once police arrived, the suspect vehicle information was given to detectives who began searching the area. With the assistance of a neighboring law enforcement agency, the suspect vehicle was located occupied in Oakland and four juvenile subjects were detained.
During the investigation, the victim's laptop was found inside of a backpack that one of the juveniles was wearing. The 16-yr-old male juvenile suspect was arrested and the laptop returned to the victim.
"The theft of laptops from coffee shop patrons is becoming a popular crime all over the Bay Area," said San Leandro Police Lieutenant Isaac Benabou. "Thankfully an observant witness was able to obtain the suspect vehicle information and provide that to the victim. Without this information, this crime may have gone unsolved."
If you customarily use your laptop computer anywhere in public, please use caution and be aware of your surroundings. Consider using a computer cable lock to secure your device to a fixed object.