Area: City Wide

Date: 4/21/2011

The Atlanta Police Department has worked a few incidents recently in which thieves abruptly snatch electronic devices from consumers while they’re being used in public settings. Specifically, it appears thieves have targeted people using items such as laptop computers, iPads or iPods in coffee shops. The thieves strike quickly and flee immediately. Atlanta Police in Zone 6 (East Atlanta), with the help of Good Samaritans, made an arrest on April 16th, after a thief struck at a coffee shop in the Edgewood area. Police ask that people using electronic devices in public be mindful of their surroundings and immediately report suspicious activity to business owners or 911. Victims of such thefts should also use caution when confronted by a thief; no property is worth personal injury.


Carlos Campos

Public Affairs Manager

Atlanta Police Department