The 44-year-old woman who lives on Linda near 19th Street was not going to give up her laptop easily. She was sleeping when noise woke her up this morning at 3:40 a.m.
She had an uninvited guest—a 30-year-old man was going through her belongings. She confronted him and they struggled over her property, police reported.
The suspect fled, but left with the victim’s laptop, police reported. No arrests have been made.
Although it is easy to understand why someone might fight for their laptop, police spokesperson Gordon Shyy said they strongly advise against doing so. First, the intruder could be armed. Second, police won’t know about the incident until the tenant calls 911.
The tenant, Shyy said, “should try and find a secure location—whether that is trying to leave your residence or finding a secure location in that residence so that they can call 911.”
“Property is always replaceable and we don’t want people to get hurt,” Shyy said. Instead of worrying about their property, “we encourage someone to get away as fast as they can”
Crime is trauma and the county offers different services. Here is a link to a page of services.
Victims of violent crime can contact the Trauma Recover Center at UCSF.