The Internet Helped Police Catch The Alleged Thief Who Stole A Woman's MacBook Air
Earlier this week a woman in San Francisco had her laptop stolen from a local coffee shop after she left her items unattended to go to the bathroom.
Now, just a few days later, police have arrested someone in connection with the theft after a local resident recognized the alleged thief from a video uploaded by the victim, Ahryuan Moon.
A 32-year-old woman named Paul Raynal has been charged and is being detained, the San Francisco Police Department told Business Insider.
Police said the suspect was spotted at a Starbucks on Clay Street by an employee who had seen Moon's video. Raynal was wearing the same outfit she wore in the video that Moon had posted online, according to authorities.
Raynal was detained and taken to San Francisco's Central Station by police, where she was positively identified using Moon's video. She is booked on a number of charges, which include burglary, possession of stolen property, falsifying her identity to police officers, probation violation, and attempting to use someone else's identity to identify herself. There was also a warrant for parole violation issued for Raynal.
Moon had turned to the Web earlier this week to post images of the alleged thief that were taken by the coffee shop's surveillance camera. She called out to the Internet for help, and the response was overwhelming.
A video of the security camera footageuploaded to YouTube amassed more than 200,000 views in a few short days, sparking a comment thread that was more than 200 entries long.
Moon's blog posthad also been shared on Reddit, and a few publications, including Business Insider and local San Francisco news outlets, covered the theft.
Here are the images taken from the coffee shop's surveillance camera, which Moon posted to her blog.
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