Laptop thief targets woman at Starbucks in Alameda – East Bay Times

ALAMEDA —  A teenager stole a woman’s laptop while she visited a Starbucks on Friday afternoon, the latest in a string of laptop thefts at the coffee chain.

The woman was sitting inside the Starbucks at 720 Atlantic Ave., when the teen grabbed her laptop just before 12 p.m. and ran out the door.

He was last seen fleeing in the 700 block of Eagle Avenue, police said.

The 27-year-old woman, who lives in Oakland, was not hurt.

Police described the suspect as black male between 15 and 17 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, who was wearing a dark hooded jacket and blue jeans.

The teenager also may have had an accomplice, who was described as a black male between 18 and 20 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build, He was wearing a dark hooded jacket.

The pair also may have been traveling in a green, four-door vehicle that was possibly a Toyota Camry, police said.

On Sept. 17, a thief stole a customer’s laptop as he sat inside the same Starbucks. Four people wearing hoodies stole laptops from two customers on July 29 at the location.

On Sept. 4 two men stole two laptops from customers at the Starbucks at 1364 Park St. just minutes after they tried to steal a laptop from a customer at the Starbucks at 2671 Blanding Ave. The thefts and the attempt were caught on surveillance video.

On July 18, two customers had their laptops taken while they were visiting the Starbucks on Park Street. Another customer’s laptop was stolen at the location on Aug. 6.

Along with the recent thefts at Starbucks, a thief also targeted a woman and stole her laptop as she sat outside Peet’s Coffee & Tea on Webster Street on Sept. 10.

In the wake of the thefts, investigators are reminding people to be aware of their surroundings and not leave property unattended.

Police are also encouraging people to utilize pass codes for security on electronic devices, such as laptops and smartphones, and to install tracking software to help locate an item that may get stolen or lost.

Alameda police ask anyone with information to call 510-337-8340.


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