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Crime Of The Week: Aug. 21

Daniel Henkel of the Metro Police Department Daniel Henkel of the Metro Police Department

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Three men walked into a local store and walked out with three brand new computers.

The problem is - they didn't pay for them - and they were caught on tape stealing them.

Metro police said the men figured out a way to disable the store's security alarm.

The crime happened at 6 p.m. June 23 at Staples store on Powell Avenue near the 100 Oaks Mall.

"They were inside for approximately six minutes," said Daniel Henkel of the Metro Police Department.  "They were able to disable the alarm system to the laptop computer section and then walked out of the store with three laptop computers stuck down the rear of their clothing."

The crime was captured on videotape.

Police said the suspects are between the ages of 16 and 25. All of them were wearing multi-colored shirts and jeans.

"We have face shots," Henkel said. "It should be easy for anyone to recognize who know these individuals or has seen these individuals."

The crime happened at a busy time in a busy area.

"We're hoping people may have seen these individuals either getting in or out of a vehicle may recognized them from the photos," Henkel said.

Police said if the stolen computers turn up they can identify them, because they have the serial numbers.

"Anyone who is approached about inexpensive laptop computers should be suspicious and if they can get a serial number we can track them and determine if they are stolen," Henkel said

If anyone knows anything about the theft of laptop computers at the Staples store near the 100 Oaks Mall they should call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME. Callers can earn up to $1,000 and remain anonymous.

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