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Armed robber storms into Oakland coffee shop, snatches multiple laptops

OAKLAND (KRON) - A masked, armed robber stormed into an Oakland coffee shop Thursday and stole multiple laptops from customers, police say.

It happened around 12:52 p.m. in the 3700 block MacArthur Boulevard. 

"It was scary as hell," the owner of World Ground Coffee said. "My poor customers were scared to death as well."

When the suspect entered the coffeeshop, the owner said the suspect had a customer go around and collect laptops from other patrons. 

"A man with a drawned gun," said the owner, Uffee Gustafsson, said. "I quickly ran out the back door and called 911."

Oakland Police say the suspect had a bandanna over his mouth and was wearing a bright orange security vest and a beanie. He ran away on foot with about a half-dozen laptops. 

"All they wanted was laptops -- that's it," Gustafsson said."They didn't ask for cell phones and didn't even go to my register."

Laptop thefts are common at cafes like this one. 

"In the past, we've had instances where individuals may run into a business and grab a laptop and then take off, escape in a vehicle. But this case is different because the individual was armed," said Oakland Police Officer Felicia Aisthorpe. 

The Oakland coffee shop closed early today because of the robbery -- but will be back open tomorrow. 

World Ground Coffee has been in the community for 20 years. One bad moment will not scare them away. 

The suspect is described as a man, 20-30-years-old, 6-feet tall and 190 pounds. A $10,000 rewards is being offered for information leading to an arrest. 

This story is still developing. Please check back for updates. 

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