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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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Chris Murphy June 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Wow- that's terrific! What an effort: involved an off-duty, CSX (RR) cops, and regular APD. Nice work, all, combining forces and making sure the arrests were made.
Annie Jones June 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Channel 2 News was there and there is a great story on their web site at: http://www.wsbtv.com/videos/news/barista-helps-police-nab-laptop-thieves/vcW66
William Fisher June 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM
So, being juveniles, they are safe back home with their mom. Obviously being car thieves and knowing a fence for stolen goods are skills they can put to future use. A good parental scolding will not be enough to alter their career path. Our law enforcement officers will likely be on first-name basis by the time they serve time. I am glad this arrest occured and I thank those Officers who helped. Thank you!
Kirkwood Resident June 27, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Please note it was an off duty officer for kirkwood security patrol per report we received from ksp today.
Annie Jones June 27, 2012 at 02:11 PM
The real story here is the off-duty officer and barista who went out of their way to make sure they stopped these punks. They were certainly under no obligation to get involved, yet had they not this story probably would have a very different outcome. Bravo to all involved for helping to protect the safety and security of the neighborhood.
Highlands Resident June 27, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Seems this was a recurring problem for coffee shops in the area. I hope the community can find some way to recognize all those involved for their hard work and determination in catching these juveniles and putting this problem to rest.
Erin June 27, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Does anyone know if the juveniles are the same people who have robbed people at Drip in Glenwood Park?
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 (Editor) 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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