Tracking device leads to stolen computer, robbery charge

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office charged a Crystal man with a robbery near the University of Minnesota after the victim was able to track his stolen laptop electronically.

Myron Jovan Richardson-Rivers, 20, was charged Dec. 19 with one count of aggravated robbery and one count of receiving stolen property (PDF).

On Nov. 20, a man was walking home from the library when he was approached by a man who hit him on the right side of the face, knocking the victim unconscious. When he regained consciousness, he realized his backpack, containing his laptop computer, and his wallet with credit cards were gone, according to the criminal complaint.

Using a tracking device on the computer, the victim was able to determine the home where the machine had been taken. University of Minnesota Police went to the home, retrieved the computer and were told Richardson-Rivers had brought it there. In addition, police learned that the victim’s credit card had been used at a gas station. A surveillance picture showed Richardson-Rivers using the card, the complaint states.

His next court appearance is Jan. 15 and his MnCIS number is 27CR1341401