CHARLOTTE COUNTY- Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies say a 42-year-old North Port man was approached by a man in a Port Charlotte parking lot Saturday afternoon selling laptop computers for a bargain price.
The North Port man said the Hispanic male showed him a laptop wrapped in thick layers of bubble wrap and a second one in bubble wrap still inside a white cardboard box. The box identified the contents as a Compaq laptop with a sticker price of $1,900.
The victim negotiated a price of $375 for two laptops even after the subject told him he could not remove the laptops from the bubble wrap until they were paid for.
Once the exchange was made, the subject got into his silver four-door Chevrolet Impala and drove away.
When the victim removed the wrap off the laptops, he saw they were older laptops with unreadable serial numbers and not what he thought he had purchased. He then called the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office at 1:15 p.m.
The Hispanic male was described as about 30 years of age, wearing a two-tone short sleeve shirt with blue jeans and a New York baseball cap.
CCSO detectives took over the investigation and were able to find information that led them to Irving, Texas.
The Sheriff’s Office in Irving confirmed its detectives are investigating stolen laptops from a business.
If you have information about this case, please call the CCSO at 941-639-2101 or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).