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Officer catches suspect, recovers stolen laptop moments after robbery at SF coffee shop

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A man using his laptop at a coffee shop in San Francisco’s Financial District on Wednesday caught a lucky break when a police officer happened to be standing feet from where the man was robbed and ended up both catching the suspect and recovering the laptop.

The incident occurred at about 3:20 p.m. in the unit block of New Montgomery Street when the officer heard the victim yelling for help, San Francisco police spokesperson Officer Robert Rueca said.

It turned out the man had just been robbed of his laptop by three suspects, who ran from the coffee shop. The officer quickly realized what had happened and began chasing the suspect with the laptop, and apprehended him moments later, according to Rueca.

“[The officer] heard somebody actually screaming for someone to call the police,” Rueca said. “I don’t think the victim actually saw the police officer walking, he just was calling out for help.”

Rueca continued, “This police officer was able to react immediately and see what was afoot. He saw the suspect running, and keyed in on that.”

The officer recovered the victim’s laptop and arrested the suspect who had allegedly stolen it, a 16-year-old boy. The suspect’s name was not released because he is a juvenile.

“It does happen on occasion where police officers are at the right place at the right time,” Rueca said.


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