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Posted on: May 10, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Theft of Laptop Was Planned

Weekly Crime Information Alert
By Community Resource Specialist Roger Doll

The Fort Morgan Police Department is investigating the theft of a laptop computer from Wal-Mart that appears to involve a scheme used by the thief that may have also been used at a store in another city.

Store employees reported that on May 1, a Hispanic male came into the store along with a younger Hispanic male in his early teens. Together they gathered a large amount of grocery items into their cart along with a laptop computer.

At checkout, the suspect places the computer so that it would be scanned first. The laptop is checked and placed on the carousel, where after a few moments the young male takes the bag with the laptop and holds onto it.

After a few more minutes the older male speaks to the younger male and the youngster leaves the store with the computer. The suspect continues to unload groceries for several more minutes and then begins to count money from his wallet. The thief apparently tells the clerk he doesn’t have enough money to pay for the groceries and needs to go to his vehicle to retrieve more money.

The clerk continues to scan the items on the conveyor belt and allows the older male to leave the store, presumably to return the money to pay for the items. However, once the suspect leaves the store he does not return and the laptop computer is stolen.

This appears to be the same method used at a Wal-Mart in the City of Parker that was reported to authorities there on April 17. Police are reviewing images from cameras inside and outside the store. The suspect is a Hispanic male with a slender build. He is approximately 5 to 6 feet tall and is wearing a black pullover jacket and black pants.

Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to call law enforcement at (970) 867-5678.

If a person with information wishes to remain anonymous they can call Crime Stoppers at (970) 542-3411 or submit your tip online and may be eligible for a cash reward .

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