Thief gives café patron literal pick-me-up 

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These thugs should lay off the caffeine.

Two men have been arrested in connection with separate laptop robberies in San Francisco Tuesday, including a brazen heist at an Ocean Avenue café in which they allegedly threw a woman out of her seat before fleeing with her computer.

Police were called to the coffee shop in the 1700 block of Ocean Avenue about 1:50 p.m. and spoke to the 22-year-old victim, who was not injured during the robbery.

She had been sitting by the window when one of the men pushed her off her seat and to the ground, Officer Albie Esparza said. The other suspect then grabbed the laptop and ran from the shop, Esparza said.

The victim reportedly chased after the suspects, but lost them. However, the suspects ran past a witness who saw them flee in a black, two-door Honda, Esparza said.

Soon after, police said, a car with the same description was stopped by San Francisco State police on Tapia Drive  in connection with a separate laptop robbery at Stonestown Galleria Mall.

The vehicle and at least one of the suspects were positively identified by witnesses as the culprits in the Ocean Avenue heist, Esparza said.

Miles Gordon, 19, of Oakland, was booked on robbery and conspiracy charges, and 19-year-old James Hickman of Pittsburg was booked on similar charges and warrants.

A third suspect, described as a man in his early 20s, is being sought in connection with the incidents, Esparza said.


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