Thief steals all-in-one computer from Musselburgh shop as business owner appeals to public

A Musselburgh business owner is appealing to the public to help track down a thief who made off with a computer from his shop.

Thursday, 24th June 2021, 4:45 pm
The suspect was caught on camera stealing the computer in the Replayit Musselburgh shop.
The suspect was caught on camera stealing the computer in the Replayit Musselburgh shop.

Adeel Malik, who owns Replayit Musselburgh in the town’s High Street, said the theft took place at about 5pm on Monday and one person has since been in touch to say they saw the culprit get on a bus outside with the all-in-one silver Acer PC.

The business owner shared footage on social media on Wednesday of the masked suspect who appears to bend down and disconnect the device - worth about £285 - before taking it away along with a keyboard.

Mr Malik, who has been running the computer and mobile phone repair shop for about six years, said: “My colleague was here at the time and she was busy doing stuff and he came in and she saw him and he was looking at stuff in the displays. She went back to work and he came and bent down and just took it.

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“One person has messaged me to say they saw him go on the bus outside the shop. They saw him carrying the computer.”

Mr Malik described the man as wearing tan coloured shoes, jeans, a grey and black top and a cap. It is thought he is between 30 and 40 years old.

It is not the first time thieves have targeted Mr Malik’s business.

In 2017, a pair of con men pocketed two brand new iPhone 8’s by using a Call of Duty video game to shield the gadget boxes as they took the phones out and pocketed them.

One of the men spoke to the cashier as a distraction and kept asking her to go and find other phones in the shop, while the other swiped the phone - and then the men decided to switch roles. After spending about 15 minutes in the shop they said they did not have enough money on them and rushed off with the phones.

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