Berkeley police investigate laptop theft at Downtown Berkeley Starbucks

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A laptop theft occurred in a Downtown Berkeley café Wednesday afternoon, according to Berkeley Police Department spokesperson Officer Byron White.

A 29-year-old woman was sitting at a table near the front door of the Starbucks at 2224 Shattuck Ave. at 4:37 p.m. when a suspect entered the franchise, reached over the railing and grabbed the device from her. Although the woman tried to hold on to her laptop, the suspect wrestled it from her and fled the store.

According to White, the suspect was last seen running southbound on Shattuck Avenue with a second suspect.

Witnesses described the first suspect as a Black male, 14 to 17 years old. He was reportedly roughly 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall with a thin build and short hair. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a gray hooded top, an “Army”-colored jacket and light blue jeans, White said in an email.

The second suspect was also described as a Black male, about 6 feet 1 inch tall, with a muscular build. He was wearing a white hooded top and dark jeans.

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Sophia Brown-Heidenreich is the city news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @sophiabrownh.