Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Second suspect arrested in city laptop theft; warrant issued on third

By KATE HOWARD • Staff Writer (Tennessean) • January 29, 2008 Two people associated with The Muse coffeehouse will be charged in connection with the Christmas Eve theft of two laptops from the Davidson County Election Commission. Randal Logan Cheek, 27, was arrested Monday night on theft charges because he knew the stolen laptops were fenced at his business, Metro police said. A router and one of the hard drives were located at the business on Jan. 17 during a police search, according to Metro police. An arrest warrant for an employee of the coffeehouse was also issued. Russell Rucker, 28, of Charlotte is wanted for buying the stolen equipment and later selling them to a Goodlettsville man, according to police. The man who later purchased the laptops is considered a witness, police said. Robert Osbourne, 45, was charged on Jan. 17 in the actual theft of the laptops. He was scheduled to appear in court this morning but that hearing was postponed to a later date. A forensic examination of the computers showed that the contents of the laptops -- voter information for 337,000 registered Metro voters -- were not accessed.

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