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Suspects sought in theft of MacBooks from store in The Collection at Forsyth


Anyone with information on the suspects in the computer theft Sunday afternoon at The Collection at Forsyth is encouraged to call the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office at (770) 781-3087.

SOUTH FORSYTH — Authorities are looking for two suspects who reportedly stole eight Apple MacBook computers from a store in The Collection at Forsyth on Sunday afternoon.

The incident, which occurred about 12:20 p.m. at Simply Mac, turned violent when employees attempted to stop the crime, according to Epifanio Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

He said the unarmed suspects entered the store and went to two different counters of MacBooks and “began to close the lids on the displays of computers.”

“At that time, one of them grabbed multiple laptops and attempted to leave the store,” Rodriguez said. “Three store employees attempted to physically restrain the two suspects, [but] were unsuccessful.”

According to the incident report, one male employee was struck in the nose and mouth. A female employee was rammed into a door during the suspects’ escape, and a second male employee suffered a cut hand.

The estimated value of the computers was listed at $9,592.

The employees also unsuccessfully attempted to pull one suspect back into the store. The suspects then ran to a silver Cadillac sport utility vehicle.

A witness, who saw the suspects fleeing, pursued them and used a pocket knife to leave a 4- to 5-inch scratch in the driver’s side window of the vehicle, according to the report.

The suspects were last seen leaving the area near the AMC movie theater.

The suspects were described in the report as two black men in their mid- to late 20s. One of the suspects has “a long goatee and short beard” and was wearing black shoes, workout pants and a black workout jacket with a black knit cap.

Rodriguez said the other suspect had a short beard and “long dreadlock-type hair,” with gray pants and a gray hoodie.

According to the incident report, emergency medical personnel treated the female employee at the scene for her injuries.

Since the suspects did not “snatch” or physically take the computers from the employees, Rodriguez said the incident is being treated as a shoplifting rather than a robbery.