55 Laptops Stolen from Library on UCLA Campus; Police Ask for Help Finding Burglar

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Police were trying Monday to find a burglar who smashed windows to a library on the UCLA campus and stole 55 Apple laptops valued at $33,000.

The burglary occurred at the Charles E. Young Research Library early Saturday morning and was caught on surveillance video, according to a statement on the university’s Newsroom website.

The thief smashed a ground-level window to get into the library, then smashed the window on the door to an equipment room from which library patrons can borrow computers.

A still from surveillance video shows a burglar using a hammer to break into an equipment room at a UCLA library on Nov. 8, 2014.

A still from surveillance video shows a burglar using a hammer to break into an equipment room at a UCLA library on Nov. 8, 2014.

The burglar entered the building at 2:26 a.m. and left the equipment room with three rolling suitcases and a shoulder bag at 2:41 a.m., according to the statement.

The man used a hammer to break through a wire mesh window to the equipment room, surveillance video showed.

"Somebody had to know that location,"said Lt. Mark Littlestone of the University of California Police Department. "It was clear ... that this seemed to be the suspect's intent, to go to that office and remove those computers."

The theft of the 2011 MacBook Pros was reported by a library staff member about 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

The stolen laptops are of the variety shown in this photo. (Credit: UCLA Newsroom)

The stolen laptops are of the variety shown in this photo. (Credit: UCLA Newsroom)

The burglar was described as a white man about 5 feet 10 inches tall and with a “medium build.”

His appearance is similar to a man who stole laptops from Ackerman Union on campus on Sept. 28, according to police. The man shown in surveillance videos from both thefts wore UCLA sweatpants and blue running shoes.

A man who purchased tools possibly used in the burglary was spotted leaving a store in Westwood Village on Oct. 31.

Anyone with information about the burglar or the crime was asked to call UCLA police at 310-825-1491.