Robber ambushes victim, steals laptop

Surveillance photo

An unidentified man went to a Mayfair 7-Eleven on Christmas Eve to shop for a specific, high-priced laptop computer, but he never intended to pay a dime for it, according to Philadelphia police. Instead, the thug slugged another patron in the back of the head and swiped the device from his hands.

Surveillance cameras recorded the robbery at 2900 Cottman Ave. The 3:50 p.m. encounter was no coincidence, police said.

The victim told detectives that he wanted to sell his MacBook, so he placed an ad on Craigslist. A man contacted him, made an offer and agreed to meet at the convenience store to make the transaction. The victim walked into the store at the appointed time and approached a clerk. Just then, the suspect entered the store, ambushed the unsuspecting victim, grabbed the laptop and fled. The computer was valued at $2,500, police said.

The robber was described as black, 20 years old, about 6 feet 3 inches tall and thin with a black hoodie, black pants and black shoes. View the video on the Philadelphia Police channel on YouTube.com. Call 215–686-TIPS or text to PPD TIP to report information. ••