Arrest made in theft of college student's computer from Aberdeen library

November 29, 2013|AEGIS STAFF REPORT

Aberdeen Police said they have charged a man in connection with the theft of a laptop computer from a college student at the Aberdeen Library in mid-November.

A citizen's tip assisted investigators in identifying Earl D. Eller, 59, of the 1200 block of Brass Mill Road in Belcamp, who was charged Thanksgiving Day with one count of theft, the Aberdeen Police Department said in a news release Friday.

According to police, Eller was released after being served a criminal summons.

The stolen property has been recovered and returned to the owner, police said.

The computer was taken from a Towson University junior with physical disabilities, who was visiting the library on Nov. 16, according to police, who said the theft occurred after the suspect had followed the student around and lured him away from his possessions.

The activities of the suspect were caught on video surveillance cameras and still security photographs were distributed to the media early Thanksgiving week.

The laptop was described as a 2013 Apple MacBook Pro Model A1398 with retina display, valued in excess of $4,500. Among the contents of the computer was the owner's school work.

Police said the victim is nearly legally blind and suffers from cerebral palsy.

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