Laptop Bandit?

Two laptops have been stolen in as many weeks from a pair of big box Silverdale stores, and Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputies aren’t ruling out the possibility that the culprit may be one and the same.

On Monday, employees of the Best Buy store called deputies after a suspect managed to unhook a display laptop from a security cable — they have no idea how — and run from the store with it. The Hewlett-Packard model laptop was worth about $1,150.

On Feb. 8, employees at the Staples Store, also in Silverdale, said a man came into the store and was standing next to a laptop display when an in-store alarm went off. When the manager went to the aisle, the man said he was, “Just standing there when the alarm went off.”

However, the manager told deputies he could see a bulge in his shirt, and when asked to see what he was hiding, the man bolted from the store.

The computer he took? A Hewlett-Packard model laptop worth $799.

The description of Monday’s theft, which we reported in our Code 911 section, was an African American male, who was about 6 foot 2 inches tall, wearing a red jacket with black sleeves.

The description in the Feb. 8 theft was an African American male, about 6 to 6 foot 2 inches tall, with short black hair, unshaven and wearing a gray pullover sweatshirt, black jeans, while carrying a gray backpack.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

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