Crime brief: Two arrested in Best Buy electronics heist


Police arrested a man and a woman over the weekend for allegedly working together to steal electronics using what appeared to be a stolen credit card.

Officers were tipped off to a possible fraud in progress around 7:20 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Best Buy on Charleston Road. The woman inside the store, identified as a 33-year-old Long Beach resident, was reportedly trying to buy a laptop using a credit card that belonged to a man, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.

When asked to show her identification, the suspect backed off. Police later learned that she had purchased a digital camera worth more than $1,000 prior to their arrival using a credit card that did not belong to her. She was located in the back of the store and detained.

After talking to the woman, police suspected that a man outside, identified as a 30-year-old Mountain View resident, had been serving as a lookout in the parking lot during the heist. He was detained by officers who found a brand new Microsoft laptop inside that had been purchased with a stolen credit card, Nelson said.

Both suspects were arrested on suspicion of several crimes, including theft of personal property, burglary, receiving stolen property and conspiracy to commit a crime. They were also suspected of unlawful possession of pepper spray and violating parole.

Editor's note: The Voice's policy is to withhold the names of those arrested for most crimes until the District Attorney has determined there is sufficient evidence to file charges in the case.

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