Police identify laptop theft suspect


Thanks in great part to FOX10 viewers, Daphne Police now have a suspect in the theft of a laptop computer from a Walmart parking lot on January 14, 2014. It’s a story we first told you about on FOX10 News Wednesday, January 22. The suspect police are looking for is 43 year old Brett Byrd of Mobile.

Angela Trione Crawford feels very lucky. She’ll finally get to use her laptop computer that she bought at the Daphne Walmart 10 days ago. That’s because the day she bought it, she and her husband forgot to remove it from her buggy. By the time they realized it, they were almost home.

“We went back to the parking lot and of course we looked all over and did not find it, and I understand I was just one minute late before it had been taken,” Crawford said.

Daphne Police released surveillance video from the store on Wednesday. The video shows a man police said is Brett Byrd walk up to the buggy in the parking lot and take the computer. Police said the video from the store front shows a clear image of Byrd as he left the store.

Investigators said no sooner did the surveillance video from Walmart run on television that they started getting phone calls.

“A lot of times there’s no more helpful tool in identifying people and in turn, having people call in and even multiple people call in,” commented Cpl. Jason Vanoy with the Daphne Police Department. “It’s great. It’s good. It does show that there’s humanity left and people are looking out for each other.”

New video released Friday shows the suspect at Cash America Pawn in Tillmans Corner the day after the theft selling the new Dell laptop. It was when the store entered the serial number into a database that police were alerted to its whereabouts.

For Crawford, she’s not only grateful to have her computer back – but also for all of the help identifying the suspect.

“I really appreciate the people who called in, because I mean, I was very doubtful that it would even be found, but I’m very, very appreciative,” Crawford said.

Police said Byrd lives in Mobile and they have a warrant for his arrest. If you know where he is, you’re asked to call Daphne Police.

Byrd has a long criminal history in Mobile County. When caught, he will face a charge of theft of property third degree in Daphne.

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