ALAMEDA — A teenager pepper-sprayed a customer inside Peet's Coffee & Tea on Park Street this morning and then fled from the business with the woman's laptop, police said.

The victim was not hurt and declined medical treatment, Alameda police Sgt. Don Owyang said.

The woman was working on the laptop when the suspect entered about 9:20 a.m. and attempted to grab the computer from her, Owyang said.

As she struggled to hold on to it, the teenager pepper sprayed her and then ran outside, where he climbed into a white pickup truck and fled, police said.

Another patron tried to pursue the teenager and lost sight of the truck as it traveled northbound on Oak Street.

Other information about the case, such as the victim's age and a detailed suspect description, were not available because the police report has not been completed.

The brazen robbery occurred at a time when numerous customers were inside the business, police said.

It follows a similar robbery April 5 at Cafe Rooz on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, where a man entered about 2:30 p.m. and grabbed a woman's laptop as she was working on it.

The suspect in that case fled in a dark green Honda Accord, according to witnesses.

As with this morning's robbery at Peet's, Cafe Rooz was full of customers when the robbery occurred.

Anyone with information on the robbery this morning can call Alameda police at 510-337-8340.



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