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Arrest made in Central Library laptop theft sting

A favorite target of thieves at the Central Library, police say, is its history department, shown in 2009.

A Los Angeles man was arrested Thursday for allegedly stealing a laptop in a sting set up by detectives in Los Angeles Central Library.

Brian Natonski, 43, who identified himself as a homeless man living in downtown Los Angeles, was arrested by undercover detectives after taking a laptop they had intentionally left unattended at the library.

Seventeen thefts have been reported this year at the Central Library, one of downtown’s hot spots for theft, police said. Laptops, cellphones, iPods and bikes are among the objects typically stolen from the library.

Natonski was booked for grand theft. His bail was set at $20,000.

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Photo: A favorite target of thieves at the Central Library, police say, is its history department, shown in 2009. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

 
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