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West Caldwell Man Admits to Locker Room Theft, Police Say

Laptop reportedly stolen while Caldwell man was working out.

A West Caldwell man was charged with stealing a laptop from a locker at a West Caldwell gym Friday, police officials said.

Matthew Raabe, 25, faces a third-degree theft charge after police say he admitted to taking a laptop from the men’s locker room at Sky Club Fitness, 750 Bloomfield Ave., on Friday morning.

The owner of the laptop, a 32-year-old man from Caldwell, said the computer was taken while he was working out just before noon. The victim told police he had a lock on the locker that must have been cut off. 

Corporal Brian Joy and Det. Sgt. Shaun O’Dowd of the West Caldwell Police reviewed video surveillance and identified a man entering and leaving the locker room as Raabe, police said.

Officers went to Raabe’s house, where police say he was arrested after admitting to the theft. Raabe told police there was no lock on the locker.

A lock was not recovered at the scene, police said.

Raabe is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, March 6.

JAS February 25, 2013 at 04:53 PM
ok, first, why would you bring a laptop to the gym??? really?
Apu Nahasapeemapetilon February 25, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Nice move stupid. Now you have a record.
Kean09 February 25, 2013 at 05:34 PM
So no lock on the locker means it's ok to steal?
gregory l. mitchell February 25, 2013 at 11:25 PM
JAS,Use Some Common Sense-Perhaps He Was Going To Work Following His Workout(As So Many Do) And didn't want to leave the laptop In His Car For Fear Of Having The Window Broken Es Stolen.His Trunk,Who Knows Why He Didn't Use That-Maybe He Had It Filled With His Work Tools! Who The Hell Cares or Knows,That's Not The Point..CriticizeThe Thief Not The Victim!!Lock or No Lock,It's Still A Damn Criminal Act.You people really Grab Me "JAS" You Run Your Mouth And Don't Have The Brass To State Your Name Too!!!!Gregory L.Mitchell,West Caldwell
Michael February 26, 2013 at 02:46 PM
It's just today's culture to look for a reason to blame the innocent for the behavior of the weak minded. I am sure the defense attorney will find a way to blame the victim or the thiefs parents for why he did what he did.
Kean09 February 26, 2013 at 03:34 PM
I agree...It does not matter why he had it there. It's to bad we now blame the Victim..

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