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San Leandro Police Department
Thursday December 14th, 2017 :: 05:01 p.m. PST


Juvenile arrested by undercover SLPD officer after laptop theft from coffee shop

On Monday, December 11th, 2017, two separate thefts occurred simultaneously inside of the Starbucks coffee shop located at Bayfair Mall. Both thefts were committed by a group of juveniles that entered the restaurant in search of electronics to steal from patrons.
The thefts occurred around 2:30 pm when two customers were inside the restaurant sitting at tables and working on their electronic devices. At the same time, one victim had her Apple laptop stolen and a second victim had his iPhone X stolen by two separate male juvenile suspects.
The group of juveniles, including the two suspects, fled the restaurant and ran in multiple directions. Police arrived in the area after the victims called 9-1-1. An undercover San Leandro Police officer spotted part of the group as they ran to the Bayfair BART station and entered the train platform.
Uniformed officers arrived and detained the group on the platform prior to boarding the BART train. The victim's stolen Apple laptop was located inside one of the juvenile's backpack. A second laptop was also found and is being investigated as possible stolen property. The male victim's iPhone X was not located.
"The theft of laptops and cell phones from coffee shops is a daily crime in our society. Stolen laptops and other electronic devices are being sold for a fraction of their value to other thieves and resold through various means," said Lt. Isaac Benabou. "Please take extra precaution when handling your expensive electronics in public. Always be aware of your surroundings and never leave your personal belongings unattended."

San Leandro Police Department
901 E 14th St
San Leandro, CA 94577

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 510-577-2740

Lt. Isaac Benabou
Investigations Commander

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