Watch This Woman Steal a MacBook From a San Francisco Cafe

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Update: Police say they've busted the Macbook thief. Read our story here.

A blog post ago we told you about some ballsy people who were tipping over Smart Cars in various San Francisco neighborhoods. So while we were on the subject of brazen fools, we decided to show you some surveillance of a latte-drinking thief who reportedly stole a computer from a downtown coffee shop.

A local iOS developer is on the hunt for her Macbook which was snatched from the cafe while the victim was in the restroom. The only good part to this is that the victim was able to retrieve the surveillance of the entire theft which has since been posted to YouTube.

Watch:

The victim has created her own tumblr page dedicated to getting her technology back.

Here's a post:

UPDATE: If you have any more information about the girl in black and white, please reach out to the San Francisco Police Department at (415) 315-2400.

Case Number: 140281005

I am a freelance iOS developer. I live and work in San Francisco. A total tragedy happened to me yesterday. My virtual limbs (aka MacBook Air and iPhone) were stolen at a local coffee shop on Post st. and Taylor st. in SF Downtown area. Months worth of creative work I stored on my device will be lost forever, if I can't catch this girl and get my computer back. Click here for new New Updates

PLEASE SHARE THIS POST AND HELP GET MY COMPUTER BACK!

Video found at : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbrzOLh8Eb4

Location: Post & Taylor

Time of Crime: April 4, 4:35pm (The time in surveillance camera is 12 hours off)

At 3:20pm, This blonde thief comes into the coffee shop and eyes my computer.

Officer Gordon Shyy confirmed that a police report was filed regarding this incident.

H/T: SF Citizen




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91 comments
Peanuthead
Peanuthead

Don't tempt poor people in the Tenderloin with your fancy toys, instead go to 1% land in Marin County

msldelatorre
msldelatorre

There are some completely horrible posts on this blog. It is easy to hide behind your computers and have shit fall out of your mouths! Was she irresponsible by leaving her valuables laying around? Yes, especially in the TL... But, Jesus Christ! It's a shame that in this day and age, we can't step away from our things without someone else wanting to steal them. I hope the sneaky little thief gets caught and and loses 10 times what she stole. 

BrainStormer1
BrainStormer1

If your so smart you should use your "Find my Iphone, Ipad, and Mac" App.

alejomorenos
alejomorenos

Seriously, as if leaving your mac unattended in the middle of a cafe weren't bad enough, that cafe also happens to be in the TENDERLOIN of SF.  Huge f'ing DUH.

Jay Peterson
Jay Peterson

Good. People should leave the laptops at home and I'll bring him to public places where people want to sit down and eat or have coffee

Mick666
Mick666

Just look at how easy it was. Everyone has their nose buried in their laptop or phone...Wake up, people!

Mick666
Mick666

this is a dude, not a woman. Pretty good disguise.

Glayson Cordeiro Junior
Glayson Cordeiro Junior

This is one of my biggest fears, which is why I never leave my Mac unattended! I hate blaming the poor girl who lost her valuable Mac, but c'mon... :/ sad lesson that she had to learn. With that said, what a sneak little thief... Humanity :/

Elena Marie Bridges
Elena Marie Bridges

Oh no! A techie got her Mac stolen! Boooo hoooo hoooo Who lost an apartment so this privileged douche could leave her Mac at the coffee shop? I have no empathy for the techies.. They ruined my city and I'd laugh to see a crime wave of theft targeting them... A little karma.

Time Clock
Time Clock

Naive People forget they are living in the jungle where predators lurk around every corner.

Carole Crivello
Carole Crivello

I can't believe anyone would be so foolish as to leave a laptop unattended anywhere. An expensive lesson to learn, you cannot trust anyone!

Rob Cotton
Rob Cotton

lol @ 'victim blaming' - some victims deserve part of the blame for what happens to them. this happened because she was too lazy to throw the laptop in her bag and bring it with her. hell, even simply asking the person next to you to keep an eye on it would have been a better move than just leaving it there unattended like an idiot.

lauramchugh
lauramchugh

A - backup. What kind of developer doesn't know this?

B - Who the heck leaves ANYTHING laying out unattended while in a restroom in SF?

She shouldn't be too surprised.

westsidemacin
westsidemacin

I always leave my limbs on the table when I go to do my hair in the bathroom.

Nathan Davis
Nathan Davis

Yawn... This person was careless. I'm sure no one will feel bad for another techie having a bad day

marksangano
marksangano

*sigh*  i empathize for your loss but how bloody naive does one person have to be to assume that no one will take your personal belongings if given an opportunity esp. in a high traffic area?


i learned a similar lesson when I was younger and instead of 'there there' ing my dad explained it to me this way.  'There are crimes of commission and crimes of omission'.  My crime was not taking better care of my stuff...  


Sorry, but yours was a crime of omission - two times - physical protection of your stuff and backing your code up.  

Good luck.


Rock Belt
Rock Belt

I would have stopped that cold if I was in there…shows how no one else is very aware of their surroundings.

nomizghoast
nomizghoast

Humble pie tastes bad but I hope you digested it. Usually thousands of dollars worth of personal effects left alone in public get lifted, especially in that neighborhood. I hope they catch this person and retrieve your belongings. I also hope that you techie invaders realize you're not invincible or impervious to the common laws of humanity. On another note, it's good practice to lock your home door when you leave.

Sincerely, an SF Native

ambesanegus
ambesanegus

i do extend common courtesy to keep an eye on peoples stuff when they leave it unattended to go use restroom or something,which requires 5 mins or less. its just good karma

Alex Rothwell
Alex Rothwell

After having my iPhone stolen out of my hand a couple of years ago, I can't be to careful. Of course she shouldn't have walked off and left her stuff exposed. Still doesn't give the right for this thief to steel her Mac Book and iPhone. I know she'll never do that again, leave her things in a cafe / public space unattended, live and learn, she'll be lucky to get it. Perhaps she will with this post of the thief.

ansdkfus13
ansdkfus13

I am the victim of this crime. I didn't think people would focus so much on what I should've have done and not enough attention on catching this thief. I backed up all my codes but, as I said in my blog, lost some of the creative assets I created recently - Illustration/Photoshop files also some of my personal files. I chose to work for myself and did not seek out any full-time gig and will not do so in the near future. I am working on my own iOS app so please no bullshit about my self-promotion. 


I was careless and naive in that I left my electronics unattended but that doesn't give rights to any thieves out there to steal my belongings. As I certainly hope a robber doesn't feel entitled to rob a house if the owner accidentally left it unlocked. The criminal act should not be justified or tolerated just because the victim was careless.


I beg you. Please focus on catching this thief. Please understand a similar crime when you are least expecting can happen to you. Blaming me for being stupid does not solve anything and you will not know what it feels like to be blamed for being a victim of crime until it happens to you.

Mike Chong
Mike Chong

the egregious part is that this iOS developer doesn't back up their work anywhere other than their local computer. definitely not someone you want to hire.

Christopher Melgar
Christopher Melgar

Every time I take the bart or bus I put my wallet, phone, and keys in my front pocket. I also keep my hands over my pockets with all of my items. It doesn't matter where you live, desperate people do desperate things unfortunately. I would never leave anything unattended...especially a coffee shop where many people go in and out quickly. I hope she finds her items, but if not, she now knows simply: Don't leave thousands of dollars worth of personal belongings unattended, in public, anywhere...

Teresa Secundus
Teresa Secundus

I had my cell phone taken on the 30 bus before (from my pocket). The person called Peru twice with it. I definitely learned my lesson about some people in SF.

Teresa Secundus
Teresa Secundus

That is so messed up. But, yeah, don't leave expensive things unattended. You're lucky when people don't break into your apartment out here, let alone give them the opportunity at a coffee spot. It sucks that the woman felt like her computer would be watched by other people and it obviously wasn't. If someone gets up to use the bathroom, I do watch their stuff and I would have pepper sprayed that lady if I had to.

Patrick T. Power
Patrick T. Power

I hope that this is an authentic case of theft and not a freelance developer's attempt to get a full-time job thanks to a publicity stunt.

Yasmina Points At Him
Yasmina Points At Him

Seriously SF Weekly? seriously? I mean yes it was wrong and ghetto for that woman to steal the laptop but could you be any stupider? I made the same stupid mistakes myself but now I sure as hell know not to be so naive and leave to the bathroom and and leave even half a cup of cold coffee come on now? take this crap down from the internet expensive lesson learned I hope.

SF Weekly
SF Weekly

Kelly Dolcini this item was not pulled from Reddit, nor was the car tipping post, Silicon Valley post, makeup post, restaurant review, slideshow of South San Francisco, the feature, the burrito review, the artist magazine, the pedestrian deaths -- which are our most recent posts on Facebook. We always link to the source. You can email us directly at feedback@sfweekly.com, with the posts you're referring to. We'll be looking for your email. Best, SF Weekly.

Kelly Dolcini
Kelly Dolcini

every SF Weekly item that has showed up in my news feed in the last month is lifted directly from reddit posts a couple of days earlier. should i hope for some eventual original content, or just unsubscribe?

Peter Canada
Peter Canada

I hope for the best but that was not smart at all. You are in the tenderloin!

Allen Frady
Allen Frady

I thought SF was nothing but happy friendly people. My TV lied to me.

Xenomorphine
Xenomorphine

This is a remarkably bigoted and asinine comment for a San Franciscan and native of a city that espouses tolerance. I bet you didn't know that the city is giving programming lessons to disadvantaged youth and the unemployed for free, so technically you just said you have no empathy for graduates of those programs either since they are working in tech. How about you not label every person working in tech as priveleged or a douche (or as careless as this person). Some of us have come from poor backgrounds - if you think the poor of the city have it hard try third world poor, thanks. I think you have a fantasy image of every tech worker as being a six-figure salaried engineer. The funny thing is these workers are less to blame with "ruining your city" than you think - many are bright and talented young people who worked hard to get where they are and deserve their success. Look where the real fault lies - your NIMBYist lobbyists who blocked the development of real estate and landlords who have been evicting families left and right. The real reason rent is so high is because there isn't enough to go around. You can't keep the city a sheltered bubble just so the old rich can keep their property values and their pristine skyline. By blaming the techies you're blaming the easy target.

Boohoo
Boohoo

So what good have you done for "your" city besides complaining and being a bitter asshole? "Your" city. Get a fucking life. 

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

I'm guessing you lost your apartment.  Hopefully, you didn't leave any of that bitterness behind in there.


whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@lauramchugh  If I have to tell my mom to back up her precious family photos one more time.....


pollyshot
pollyshot

@ansdkfus13  the same person stole my computer a month ago at the cinema cafe! its a guy dressed like a woman. It was pretty dramatic experience, I know what you are dealing with (

All my best wishes for you! Hope the person will be arrested and get what he deserves!

ceres0507
ceres0507

@ansdkfus13 So sorry and I hope you get your things back in the condition they were taken from you.
I live in a small rural town, and I went for a walk April 1st with my son on a running trail through the forest.  I must have dropped my iPod touch out of my son's stroller and I went back instantaneously, my item was not left unattended for more than 45 minutes, and it was nowhere to be found. No one has turned it in.  It really blows my mind how awful people are.
  I am always the type of person that would turn something like that in, or if I saw someone drop it I would yell for them and return it.  I'm the type of person that, if I saw someone trying to steal your laptop, I would notify the barista, take photos, and call the cops if not try to stall them and intervene.  Even if someone had just walked up to her while she was looking around, hesitating, it could have discouraged her from stealing your things. 

TheFiveStarGeneral
TheFiveStarGeneral

@ansdkfus13  

I totally understand and are sympathetic to your situation! I saw it on businessinsider and the comments were really sad, theft is theft! I hope she is caught brought to justice and you get your devices back in tact. Goodluck!

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