TAMPA, Fla. – Investigators say they've cracked the case of the 3,000 stolen military laptops in Tampa that were headed to U.S. Special Operations Command.
Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee announced the arrest of the suspected ringleader Wednesday. He says 55-year-old Rolando Coca led a crew of about 10 people who stole the laptops from a government contractor's warehouse last March.
The $7.4 million worth of new computers didn't have any data but were bound for U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base.
Gee says the thieves gained entry into the warehouse by cutting a hole in the roof. They disabled security systems and cameras.
Gee says images of Coca on a surveillance camera from a nearby McDonald's drive-thru helped crack the case.