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Watch This Woman Steal a MacBook From a San Francisco Cafe
SF Weekly ^ | Mon., Apr. 7 2014 | Erin Sherbert

Posted on 04/08/2014 5:47:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway

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.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Local News; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: theft
Accused MacBook Thief Busted After Video of Crime Goes Viral
1 posted on 04/08/2014 5:47:40 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Is there any kind of self-destruct technology that would allow you to access your stolen computer online and fry all the software on it?


2 posted on 04/08/2014 5:53:00 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: nickcarraway

C’mon!!!

That’s not a woman.

I’d hit that with an anvil.


3 posted on 04/08/2014 5:53:50 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: nickcarraway

“Paul”, eh? Well, it is SF...

The shop owners should always have a camera right above their menu board, that way they’ll almost always get a face shot.


4 posted on 04/08/2014 5:54:31 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: nickcarraway

What kind of idiot would go to the bathroom and leave their “life’s work” on a machine, unwatched in a public place?

That’s a special kind of stupid.


5 posted on 04/08/2014 5:58:38 PM PDT by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: nickcarraway

all that work that she valued so much—and she leaves it while she goes potty? how could she chance it???


6 posted on 04/08/2014 5:59:15 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: nickcarraway
THE THIEF IS A TRANNY…!

"Officers arrived at the Starbucks where the suspect -- identified as 32-year-old Paul Raynal -- allegedly tried to pass off a false identity to the cops."

Freaking San Fransicko, man..!!!

I read the story, and that's what it says, quite nonchalantly. I guess it's sophisticated, or something, NOT to point this out.

>:(

7 posted on 04/08/2014 6:05:30 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: nickcarraway

i condemn theft and thieves of every kind.

that said, i also do not leave anything of any value unattended in a public place full of strangers i do not know.


8 posted on 04/08/2014 6:06:13 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

Yes... Better yet you can remotely track your iPhone, iPad or whatever... Turn on the camera and take pictures of whoever has it. You can remotely lock it and delete all the data and apps.


9 posted on 04/08/2014 6:07:19 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: nickcarraway

Which Baldwin brother is this one?

10 posted on 04/08/2014 6:08:07 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: WorkingClassFilth
Is there any kind of self-destruct technology that would allow you to access your stolen computer online and fry all the software on it?

The NSA has had that for years, only they don't use it on their computers.

11 posted on 04/08/2014 6:14:49 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: gaijin

In SF, this is not in any way noteworthy. I’m not certain that the natives there would even comprehend why you might find this odd. Flyover country, right? Me, too.


12 posted on 04/08/2014 6:20:07 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: martin_fierro

Looka like a man.

Mosty because it IS, or, possibly, was, a man.

I, for one, would do something other than that with the hair. That won’t work if you are over 25 and not absolutely stunning.


13 posted on 04/08/2014 6:22:29 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: nickcarraway

Why did you leave your laptop unattended? If it wasn’t for ***heads like you, there wouldn’t be any thievery in this world, would there?

14 posted on 04/08/2014 6:26:18 PM PDT by JacobChBE
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To: nickcarraway
My virtual limbs (aka MacBook Air and iPhone)...

You wanna know what a friggin tragedy this is? Some damned boob associating her toys with arms and legs. This is a damned tragedy.

15 posted on 04/08/2014 6:28:36 PM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

That’s a very good point.


16 posted on 04/08/2014 6:30:52 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: nickcarraway
A local iOS developer is on the hunt for her Macbook which was snatched from the cafe

I wonder what is it that forces those "iOS developers" and other "creative types" to work in public places? Don't they have homes or offices to be safe, secure, and without distractions? How can they be comfortable with a desktop space that is designed for two cups of coffee and a muffin? My work table right here is L-shaped, with each side of that L being about 3 feet... and it's not enough.

I never tried to do my work at a restaurant. Maybe that's because it's not so easy to cart around 300 lbs of test equipment :-) But even if on some days I only need a computer, I'd rather settle someplace quiet. If she is such a coffee addict, there are many ways to make excellent coffee at work or at home. It would be also much cheaper.

17 posted on 04/08/2014 6:34:54 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: JacobChBE

Actually in the Marine Corps, it was a source of pride that you could leave a $20 bill on your bunk in the morning and upon returning back to the barracks at night, it would still be there. Yes, you would probably get chewed out by the OOD or somebody else for doing something so stupid as that but you would still have your $20 at the end of the day.


18 posted on 04/08/2014 6:36:42 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: nickcarraway

... ballsy people...

***
Really classy writing there, Erin. You need some lessons in ladylike behavior. Sheesh!


19 posted on 04/08/2014 6:38:12 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

Sure, pretty easy actually. There are various different pieces of software you can install that will let you access and control the computer remotely if it is connected to the internet. You can set it up with more recent versions of Windows natively with no additional software (it’s called Remote Desktop in Windows), and can do the same on most other operating systems too.

Once you have that set up, just wait until the thieves connect to the internet and you can take control and get up to all sorts of mischief, uninstalling programs, locking out users, etc.

If the thieves are smart, they could just wipe the computer themselves before they connect to the internet, to prevent that, but most thieves are not smart.


20 posted on 04/08/2014 6:45:05 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: WorkingClassFilth

Yes. Get computrace. Dell offers it and it works. I got two of three laptops back with charges pressed.

For an IT pro, this woman is an idiot. Doesn’t back up her data, leaves her critical devices in the open, typical oblivious mac user.


21 posted on 04/08/2014 6:45:34 PM PDT by drunknsage
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To: The Antiyuppie

That’s one thing you can usually spot about trannies. They don’t have a woman’s taste in hair, clothes, makeup, etc. They usually have a twisted caricature of a woman’s taste, very exaggerated and outsized.


22 posted on 04/08/2014 6:46:38 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Greysard

Don’t you know, owning Apple hardware is as much a social statement as a technology choice? Social statements are useless if nobody sees them, so they have to drag these things around in public. Otherwise, how would their fellow hip, socially conscious techies recognize them?


23 posted on 04/08/2014 6:49:33 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: MV=PY

A liberal


24 posted on 04/08/2014 6:56:29 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: Secret Agent Man

i condemn theft and thieves of every kind.

that said, i also do not leave anything of any value unattended in a public place full of strangers i do not know.

-=0=-
Unless it is booby-trapped.

“Nothing so vexes me as a thief aboveground.” - O. Porter


25 posted on 04/08/2014 6:58:31 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: S.O.S121.500

yes, that is a good exception, but it wouldn’ t be anything of value to me if that was the case.


26 posted on 04/08/2014 7:03:04 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Mastador1

Someone told me there is software that will maliciously overclock your CPU to fry it.


27 posted on 04/08/2014 7:13:02 PM PDT by JohnnyP
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To: Secret Agent Man
that said, i also do not leave anything of any value unattended in a public place full of strangers i do not know.

Yep. Note to self. Don't bring my Lap top to a coffee shop, and if I violate that rule, don't leave it unattended.

28 posted on 04/08/2014 7:51:23 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: martin_fierro

That’s Frankie Baldwin, one of the few Laz-proof hominids in existence.


29 posted on 04/08/2014 8:18:16 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Not all Booby Traps go BOOM.


30 posted on 04/08/2014 8:22:06 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Had Enough Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: martin_fierro

That’s Boyd Crowder!


31 posted on 04/08/2014 8:28:03 PM PDT by REDWOOD99 ("Everyone should pay taxes. Everyone should pay the same rate.)
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To: JohnnyP

It shouldn’t be difficult to enable a GPS subsystem in the lappy at all times to broadcast its geolocation to the user’s cell phone. Perhaps have a separate install kit for a lappy that is longterm operational and powered separate from the system battery to broadcast its geolocation on command. That way the thief never knows if the lappy has this system and removal of the battery pack will not defeat the tracking.


32 posted on 04/08/2014 8:31:21 PM PDT by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: nickcarraway

San Francisco is a HOT BED of thievery of i products — thieves take advantage of the causal atmosphere there, and in Berkeley too. That’s what the cops told us Berkeley parents at a meeting, said there were also cameras everywhere there, in SF too.

When my daughter attended Berkeley, we were warned that thefts of computers were rampant by criminals coming over from Oakland, driving slowly down the streets while the guy in the passenger seat grabbed students’ backpacks or computer bags from unwary students and then screeched off.

My daughter said kids would leave their expensive Mac Pros in the library unguarded while they went to the bathroom, got something to eat, went outside to make phone calls, etc. Some people have to learn the hard way, I guess.

My daughter had her iPhone stolen while she was sitting on a bench in SF talking with a friend, the phone was in her lap at the time. She said she looked down and saw a hand in her lap coming around from behind and the next thing she knew the thief had her phone and was running off. She ran off after him screaming - and said NO ONE helped and NO ONE stopped the thief. Luckily, she had insurance and was able to cancel the phone plan on the spot via a friend’s phone. She said she never dreamed someone would steal her phone in such a manner.

One can never be too careful.


33 posted on 04/08/2014 8:54:08 PM PDT by Bon of Babble (The dogs bark; the caravan moves on!)
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To: Bon of Babble
My daughter said kids would leave their expensive Mac Pros in the library unguarded while they went to the bathroom, got something to eat, went outside to make phone calls, etc. Some people have to learn the hard way, I guess.

Opportunity knocks! Mr./Ms. TechSavvy should invent an alarm to attach to your device. You're plugged in and don't want to take it with you to the toilet or wherever; set the alarm. When you return, turn off the alarm by password or fingerprint recognition.

34 posted on 04/09/2014 7:31:43 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: nickcarraway
...her Macbook which was snatched from the cafe while the victim was in the restroom.

Sorry. A person who would leave a Mac Book sitting in the open unattended while visiting the restroom deserves to lose it.

Stupidity should be painful.

35 posted on 04/09/2014 12:38:46 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: The Antiyuppie
Looka like a man.

"Ok. Ok. I tell you evryting."


36 posted on 04/09/2014 12:41:53 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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To: Greysard
I wonder what is it that forces those "iOS developers" and other "creative types" to work in public places?

They simply MUST be seeeeen.

"Look at how nonchalantly COOL I am. I got the Mac Book working while slurping coffee. How amazing am I?"

37 posted on 04/09/2014 12:43:57 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Truth sounds like hate...to those who hate truth.)
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