Laptop Thieves Hit Starbucks Again — And Get Arrested

Pair of juveniles robbed two coffee shops on Monday. They came back Tuesday for more laptops but got handcuffs instead.

Rob me once, shame on me.

Rob me twice in the same locations, on the very next day, using the same stolen getaway vehicle that police have been seeking — well, you're just an idiot.

Such is the case with two juveniles whom Atlanta police arrested Tuesday afternoon following a laptop robbery at the Starbucks at 506 Moreland Ave. NE.

, on June 25, the males went to that same Little Five Points Starbucks and stole a laptop, Atlanta Police Department spokesman Officer John Chafee told East Atlanta Patch. 

Moments later, they went the to San Francisco Coffee Co. on DeKalb Avenue in Candler Park and robbed again.

Apparently, the two figured since it worked so well on Monday, they might as well do it all over again on Tuesday.

So they struck again: Starbucks at about 5 p.m. then they headed over to the San Francisco Coffee, where Atlanta Police were waiting.

Police were there waiting there because an APD officer working off-duty for the Inman Park Security Patrol recognized stolen car and alerted units that they might be heading for the San Francisco Coffee shop.

Sure enough, they did, but before officers could stop them, the robbers ditched the car and ran.

But they were caught, thanks to off-duty APD Detective Jason Trombley. He was working an off-duty shift for the Kirkwood Security Patrol and spotted them.

"One suspect was apprehended a short distance from the vehicle, but officers lost sight of the second suspect," Chafee said. "Officers set up a perimeter and requested a tracking dog. CSX Police responded with their dog and they were able to locate the second suspect and take him into custody."

Both were found with stolen property, he said. Police did not name the suspects because they are juveniles.

Joe Hardy, vice president of the Kirkwood Security Patrol, said the results showcase just how good neighborhood patrols are.

"I'm grateful for the residents that choose to support security patrols," Hardy told Patch.

"They're doing great work everyday. I'm glad residents are volunteering and paying their money and it's actually having positive results for everybody."

Many neighborhoods have watch groups or security patrols — off-duty officers who police communities in addition to regular police service — which residents fund by paying into it themselves.

East Atlanta Patch & Virginia-Highland Patch Neighborhood Patrol Resources:

  • East Atlanta Security Patrol: http://patrol.eaca.net/
  • Grant Park Security Patrol: http://grantpark.org/security-patrol
  • Inman Park Security Patrol: http://inmanpark.org/association/inman-park-security-patrol/
  • Kirkwood: http://www.kirkwoodsecuritypatrol.org/Home
  • Lake Claire: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lakeclaireneighborhoodwatch/
  • Morningside Security Patrol: http://mlpa.org/content/morningside-security-patrol
  • Old Fourth Ward Patrol: http://www.o4wpatrol.org/
  • Piedmont Heights Security Patrol: http://www.piedmontheights.org/Default.aspx?pageId=599948
  • Poncey-Highland Security Patrol: http://ponceyhighland.com/
  • Trolley Patrol (serves Benteen Park, Boulevard Heights, Custer/McDonough/Guice, North Ormewood Park, Ormewood Park and Woodland Hills): http://sandatlanta.org/item/87505
  • Virginia-Highland Security Patrol: http://www.fbacvahi.com/

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Highlands Resident June 27, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I was at that Starbucks today and one of the employees there told me the police are looking into possible connections with other laptop thefts in the area. If you know the victims at Drip ask them if the description of the suspects sounds familiar. If it does, call Zone 6 and tell them you might be another victim. The crimes on Monday and Tuesday were committed by 2 juveniles driving a Red Chrysler Sebring with license plate number BTU3949. Both of them are black, and described as thin, and one was wearing a white tank top and ball cap. The employees said the other one was wearing a red shirt.
Chris H June 27, 2012 at 05:23 PM
If it was the same guys that robbed Drip than that is pretty sad that they are already out on the streets committing crimes since they were arrested in that robbery. http://eastatlanta.patch.com/articles/apd-makes-additional-arrests-in-drip-armed-robbery
Marc Acampora June 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Why is it that the Patch story barely trickles out a scattered description of the thugs as juvenile males, while "Highland Resident" was able to provide detailed information including age (juvenile), race, build, clothing, vehicle make, color and tag number?
Péralte Paul June 28, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Perhaps you missed the first story we did, Marc: http://patch.com/A-v4MF
rick June 28, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I'm sure a stern warning will do the trick ...... anyone giving odds on how long before they get guns and start robbing Tech students?


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