Police crack Dunwoody laptop scheme

Dunwoody police say a man arrested in a robbery scheme involving fake laptops might have pulled the same scam before.

Maurice Patrick Hayes, 41, of Augusta was arrested in Monday's 2 p.m. robbery of a 24-year-old man. Police say Hayes approached the victim outside Best Buy on Hammond Road and offered to sell him a laptop. The two drove to Wells Fargo on Ashford Dunwoody Road, where the victim withdrew money.

Police say Hayes, who indicated he had a gun in his waistband, ordered the victim into his van, took an undisclosed amount of cash and handed over a bag with what he said were two laptops.

Hayes then allegedly told the victim to get out, and drove off. The victim called 911 after realizing he had been given only the computer "shells" and not actual laptops, police say.

Hayes is being held at the DeKalb County Jail on a robbery charge. Police continue to look for his alleged accomplice, Carl Johnson, 28, of Atlanta.

Anyone with information on Johnson's whereabouts or any similar incidents should call Dunwoody Det. Robert Bentivegna at 678-382-6911.