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Santa Cruz Police Seek Suspect In Four Thefts Of Computer Serves From Downtown Offices

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Santa Cruz police are examining surveillance video of a person suspected in four recent burglaries of computer servers and other equipment in downtown Santa Cruz, a police spokesman said. The suspect, who appears to be an adult male, enters commercial offices when people are not in and then pulls the servers right out of the server racks, Santa Cruz police Deputy Chief Steve Clark said. “It’s somebody who knows what they are going after and knows what they want,” Deputy Chief Steve Clark said. The four burglaries have happened in the area near the intersection of Soquel and Pacific avenues in downtown Santa Cruz, Clark said. The most recent incident occurred on Monday at an office in the 300 block of Soquel between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., when the suspect entered a door and allegedly took a computer server and some laptops, Clark said.

The theft was captured on video from surveillance cameras showing the suspect leaving the building while holding the server in his right arm and the laptops concealed inside his jacket. The alleged thief has targeted professional office businesses including an executive talent service firm, attorney and accounting offices, Clark said. The servers contain information on business customers and other data, and identity theft might be the motive behind the burglaries and not necessarily to sell the computer hardware itself, Clark said. Anyone with information about the burglaries is urged to contact Santa Cruz police’s Investigations Unit at (831) 420-5820 or leave an anonymous tip at (831) 420-5995.

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