Durham Police On Lookout For Computer Thief
Posted April 13, 2005 6:31 a.m. EDT
DURHAM, N.C. — Investigators believe a thief is stealing computers at dozens of businesses all over the Triangle, but Durham police think they caught the suspect on tape.
Arcadis, an environmental testing company at Research Triangle Park, has twice been the target of the computer thief.
"The first occurrence was four to five laptops, second act was one laptop, two flat-panel monitors, one desktop and one laboratory scale," said Keith Wagoner, of Arcadis.
Investigators said the thief has also targeted 50 other locations in the Triangle. Durham police were able to use surveillance video to see the man who took the items. Police said he uses a crowbar to break into businesses.
"His mode of operation is an unusual one. That's what separates him from everybody else, so hopefully, if someone can identify the suspect and give us a call, we'll be able to close this case out," said Cpl. David Addison, of the Durham Police Department.
Investigators said sometimes the suspect breaks into a place and walks away empty-handed. They believe that is when he is scanning personal information from office computers. When he does take items, police said he is probably selling them at pawn shops or through auctioning them online.