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Suspect steals iPod from boy on bus

September 9, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The theft of an iPod catches the interest of Orange County authorities. It happened on a public bus, and the suspect pulled out a knife to get his victim to hand over the popular item. The armed theft was caught by the bus's surveillance camera. Now transportation officials are hoping the suspect will be caught before he strikes again. Twenty percent of Orange County buses now have surveillance cameras installed. The iPod bandit picked just the right one. Based on what he told the bus driver, authorities believe he was headed to a probation officer to some sort of court hearing, but now, after the robbery, and with the public's help, authorities are hoping to have him headed right to jail.

If you're going to commit a crime, an Orange County Transportation Authority bus probably isn't the best venue. The OCTA is phasing in high-quality surveillance systems on its vehicles -- seven camera angles per bus. The resolution is clear enough to capture people's faces. One man seen on camera is accused of robbing a young bus rider.

"The suspect did pull a knife out of his pocket and made some threats and robbed him of his iPod," said Orange County Sheriff's Department Spokesman Jim Amormino.

The suspect can be seen on tape getting on the bus at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo last Wednesday, trying to board for less than the fare. He explained to the driver that he could be thrown in jail if he's late for an appointment.

The camera then shows him moving to the rear of the bus and sitting next to a boy. The boy claims the man threatened him with a knife and took his iPod. Investigators say the man can be seen on tape putting the iPod into his own pocket.

Moments later, the suspect and the iPod exit the bus.

"He's headed to another court hearing and commits a robbery while he's headed to another hearing," said Amormino. "So it shows you that he is dangerous."

The suspect is thought to be between 18 and 24 years old. If you recognize the suspect, you are asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Dept. at (714) 265-4382.

 

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