Laptop snatchers targeting coffee shops turn violent

- The latest ordeal surrounding a thief snatching a laptop from a local coffee shop turned violent, as Atlanta Police said the robbers drove at a victim trying to get his things back. 

"I could have been killed for a laptop," the victim tells FOX 5, who is still recovering from his injuries. 

The ordeal happened Tuesday evening around 7:30 at the Starbucks coffeeshop in the 2900 block of Peachtree Road NW. Police said after the suspect walked in and snatched the customer's laptop, the victim ran after him; the suspect jumped into a getaway vehicle. 

"I stood in front of them without thinking. They tried to run me over. I held onto the hood," the victim said, and was thrown off as the suspects drove onto Peachtree Road. 

Police were unable to catch the suspects driving away in a white Honda Fit. The male who grabbed the laptop is described as a man in his late teens to early twenties, 5'4", orange-blonde dreadlocks in a mohawk, green pants and a black jacket. 

In December, at a nearby Starbucks off Piedmont Avenue, a mile away from this most recent ordeal, a victim tells FOX 5 he was kicked in the face by a robber while trying to grab his laptop back. 

Officers always advise victims of snatch thefts to never try to run after a suspect to grab their things back. 

Police also have the following advice: 

  • Pick a seat furthest from the exit. 
  • Pick a seat facing the door. 
  • Download tracking software. 

Different companies also offer laptop locks to tether a laptop to a desk or chair. 



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