Monday, April 18, 2011

One coffee shop laptop thief down ...

Posted By on Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Seldom a week goes by without some unsuspecting coffee drinker having his or her laptop, iPad or iPhone absconded with in a local coffee shop. Once in a while, those shameless technology thieves get caught.

On Saturday evening, citizens help police nab 19-year-old Decatur resident Antavious Monds after they saw him dart out of Caribou Coffee on Moreland clutching a MacBook. Here's the police narrative (names deleted):

On April 16th, at approximately 5:45 p.m., an Atlanta police officer on patrol saw a man running out of the Caribou Coffee shop on Caroline Street in the Edgewood Retail District. The man, later identified as Monds, was being chased by another man. Monds, who was holding an Apple Mac Book laptop in one hand, turned around to punch in the chest the man who was chasing, him.

That man told the officer, “He just robbed someone.” The officer joined the pursuit in his patrol car. Monds continued running and knocked over a woman in the parking lot while attempting to flee. [A second citizen] saw the officer chasing Monds and grabbed him. Monds also punched [the second man] in the chest.

[The citizen] released his grip when the officer got out of the patrol car, but Monds continued to resist. The officer noticed Monds looking around, as if to escape. Monds refused the officer’s orders to lay on the ground and stop resisting, so he deployed a short burst of pepper spray to Monds’ face. Monds relented and the officer was able to handcuff him.

[The victim] showed up at the scene and told the officer she was sitting in the coffee shop when the man she identified as Monds came in from the Moreland Ave. door and grabbed her computer while it was on her lap. [She] attempted to hang on to the laptop, but let go. [The first man], who worked behind the counter, gave chase to Monds.

Monds is being charged with robbery and simple battery. For coffee drinkers still worried about having their stuff stolen, I present the Laptop Theft Prevention Device (patent pending).

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