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Suspected downtown laptop burglar arrested

October 6, 2011 |  7:54 am

Photo: Otis Anthony Deaver. Credit: LAPD An alleged burglar wanted for stealing laptop computers from downtown office buildings was arrested when an alert off-duty Los Angeles police detective spotted and recognized him, authorities said.

The detective, assigned to the department’s Rampart division, saw Otis Deaver, 57, at a bank at 6th Street and Central Avenue and arrested him, according to an LAPD report.

Deaver is suspected of stealing several laptops from offices during working hours, including some in the Rampart area.

He usually dressed in a security guard’s jacket to wander around offices unchallenged by workers conducting their daily business, police said.


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Photo: Otis Anthony Deaver. Credit: LAPD