San Antonio police release photos of computer store smash-and-grab suspects

Altex Computer and Electronics robbed

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio police have released a series of surveillance photos in hopes of tracking down a couple of smash-and-grab suspects.

The incident took place at the Altex Computer and Electronics store in the 11300 block of Interstate 35 North on Oct. 24 at 5:30 a.m.

Store Manager Philip Lapoint said the entire incident was caught on numerous surveillance cameras throughout the store.

"One was in a hoodie; one had a mask so we couldn't see the one guy's face, but the other, he looked straight into several cameras," said Lapoint. "They broke through the front door and they smashed it open with a crowbar. It's a typical smash-and-grab."

Lapoint said the men were in the store for a total of about 10 or 15 minutes and got away with two tablets and seven laptop computers. However, he said they had trouble getting the items off the display shelves.

"When they couldn't unlock the laptops, they just grabbed the shelves and ran. It was actually kind of funny to watch on video," he said.

According to police, the men were seen driving away in a dark blue Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Surveillance cameras showed the license plates but police said they were probably stolen.

Lapoint said he hopes someone will recognize the suspect in the photos.

"If you put that next to him, you could know who that was, definitely," he said. "Keep your eyes out. Make a call. You don' t need to confront anybody. Just make a call. It's easy to be a good citizen."

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Their number is 224-STOP.


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