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Police looking for laptop burglar

Posted - Apr. 7, 2009 at 3:44 p.m.



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Salt Lake City -- Salt Lake police are investigating a recent rash of computer thefts from office buildings in the valley. One theft in particular may now help detectives solve the case.

Police have a clue in the form of high-quality surveillance video, which they hope will bring in tips about who the burglar is.

They want to question him about several similar thefts from office buildings.

On Saturday, March 14, the man was seen on surveillance video around 2:20 p.m. in a private fifth-floor office at the building at 15 E. South Temple.

Investigators believe the man got in through an emergency exit and, once inside, was able to steal a laptop computer.

Ever since, police have been investigating, and now they are releasing surveillance video in hopes someone will recognize the man.

He can be seen in the video looking for something to steal and, then about a minute later, takes off his backpack and slips a laptop computer in it before walking away.

Detectives hope the quality of the surveillance video will help them solve this case, as well as other thefts in the area.

Salt Lake City police Detective Dennis McGowan said, "They all think that person is in fact a key person in a number of such thefts. The theft of personal electronic items, including laptops from many offices throughout the valley, and we'd like to talk to this person."

Police say the suspect is about 30 years old, has a mustache and goatee and has a small build.

Anyone with information is asked to call 801-799-INFO. Callers may remain anonymous. Please reference case #09-47432.

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Story compiled with contributions from Sam Penrod and Randall Jeppesen.

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