Richmond: Burglar calls victim seeking reward money for what he stole


A suspected burglar was arrested by Richmond police after attempting to fetch reward money for a laptop he allegedly stole.

The suspect, identified by the East Bay Times as a 21-year-old Richmond man, was arrested at about 10 p.m. on Aug. 2. Two other female suspects inside the suspect’s car were also arrested, although one was later released without charges.

The bust followed two separate burglaries in the city’s Southern District — on S. 16th Street and on Huntington Avenue, police said.

From one of the homes, several Air Jordan athletic shoes were stolen, and from the other a laptop.

“What was unique about the laptop is that the victim posted a reward and contact information as a screensaver,” Tan said.

A few hours after officers interviewed the victims about the thefts, the victim who lost his laptop called police saying the suspect had called to cash in on the reward.

Officer Lane Matsui worked with the victim to set up a designated location to meet with the suspect.

“With the laptop in hand, the suspect got out of his car and RPD officers swarmed in,” Tan said.

The victim confirmed the laptop was the one stolen from his house. And inside the suspect’s car were the Air Jordan shoes and a few other stolen items, Tan said.

Photo: Richmond Police Department