Armed laptop thief shot by guard

A security guard shot and wounded a gun-toting thug that tried to steal a laptop from a Philadelphia Housing Authority construction site in Mantua Tuesday night, police said.

A foreman was locking down the construction site on Fairmount Avenue near 35th Street at 8 p.m. when he saw a man on the site, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.

The foreman alerted a guard who conducted a ground floor search, Walker said, and spotted the man trying to escape through the front door with a laptop in his bag.

The guard pursued the crook as he ran south on 35th Street, and turned and pointed a gun at the guard, who demanded he stop, Walker said.

But he didn’t.

He continued to run and then pointed his firearm at the guard again. The guard fired, hitting the thug in the hand.

The laptop was recovered.

The 42-year-old thug, of Locust Street near 54th, was transported to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was listed in stable condition.

Walker said the man, whose name has not been released, faces aggravated assault charges.