Goleta Best Buy Robbed of Macbook Computers

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Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
December 26, 2018

Burglars Force Entry at Best Buy Store in Goleta and Steal Dozens of MacBook Computers

On December 23, 2018, at about 4:00 a.m., Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Best Buy store located at 7090 Marketplace Drive in Goleta for a report of a burglary where the suspects had forced entry through a metal emergency exit door. 

The responding deputies met with a store manager, who had just arrived at the store to prepare for opening, when he discovered that a burglary had occurred. The manager told the deputies that after the suspects entered the store, they forced their way into a storage room to steal approximately 60-MacBook computers with a value of about $75,000.

During investigation it was determined that video surveillance captured images of multiple suspects committing the crime.

Sheriff’s Deputies along with Detectives from the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Bureau are actively investigating this crime. Because of the on-going investigation surveillance video or photos are no t being released. 

Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to please call the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 805-681-4150. To leave an anonymous tip, please call 805-681-4171 or you can leave an anonymous tip on our website at: https://www.sbsheriff.org/home/anonymous-tip/


By edhat staff
December 25, 2018

Thieves broke into the Goleta Best Buy store early Sunday and stole over $75,000 worth of MacBook laptops. 

Approximately 60 Apple computers were discovered stolen after a store manager arrived at 4:00 a.m. Sunday and discovered the burglary, reports KCAL.

According to the report security cameras captured images of the suspects, but they have not yet been released.

The edhat staff has reached out to the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office for more information and as of publication have not heard back.

Edhat will update this article with more information as it becomes available.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Santa Barbara sheriff’s detectives at 805-681-4150. The department’s anonymous tip line can be reached at 805-681-4171.

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a-1556266098 Dec 25, 2018 09:40 PM
Goleta Best Buy Robbed of Macbook Computers

There are always some silly postings! Define inside-job? Is it someone who is allegedly actively involved in the day to day management? Someone who knows the architectural lay out from decades ago? Or is it someone who just works there now? Maybe, it's just a group of magicians??? This happened back in 2010 when someone I knew worked there. Many people had theories on the culprits, town-to-town it was allegedly happening over and over. We will never know.............

Potif Dec 26, 2018 01:44 AM
Goleta Best Buy Robbed of Macbook Computers

I hope they do figure it out. And, that they can arrest the criminals, and charge them. Of corse it would be a plus if they are able to recover the computers.

pstarSR Dec 25, 2018 06:07 PM
Goleta Best Buy Robbed of Macbook Computers

I read the article and only am making the assumption that the alarm did not go off. As the report said the theft wasnt noticed till 4am when the manager came to open the store. My understanding of best buy is that the apple products are not only locked in the store, but locked in a back room in a cage. So without assuming toooooo much, this sounds a bit like an inside job.

Potif Dec 25, 2018 06:50 PM
Goleta Best Buy Robbed of Macbook Computers

It certainly sounds a lot like it could easily have been an inside job to me as well. I wonder if the thieves thought to block the surveillance cameras... And/or disguise themselves too!? I hope they didn't think THAT far, and are found.

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