Tampa Police Arrest Suspect in String of Laptop Thefts

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A suspect linked to a pattern of laptop thefts is now behind bars thanks to detectives and alert members of Tampa's business community.  Tampa Police detectives arrested Robert McFadden on July 27 after an employee recognized him from a police bulletin that was distributed to Westshore Alliance business members informing them of a pattern of laptop thefts in the area.  McFadden was wearing the same clothing and hat from the photos, when the employee spotted him leaving an office building at 4111 West MLK Jr. Boulevard.  Officers were notified and quickly responded to MLK Jr. Boulevard and MacDill Avenue where McFadden was taken into custody without incident. 

Detectives confirmed McFadden matched the description of the suspect who broke into an office suite at 4890 West Kennedy Boulevard and stole three laptops and an iPhone on July 20.  McFadden was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail and charged with Burglary, Grand Theft and Providing a False Name to A Law Enforcement Officer.

Several businesses in the Downtown and Westshore areas have reported similar thefts to police over the past two weeks.  During this extensive investigation, detectives have recovered more than a dozen laptops and believe McFadden maybe responsible for these additional burglaries.

The investigation is still on going and additional charges are pending.


Janelle McGregor

TPD Spokesperson