The 34-year-old runner and IT expert chased him and was surprised when he caught up with the thief after just 225 metres.
Realising the game was up, the puffed-out criminal dropped the laptop, allowing Mr Stevens to pick it up.
Mr Stevens said: “I was appalled by how unfit this guy was. I thought it would take a lot longer to catch up with him. If you are going to go into the snatch-and-run business at least try and get fit or at least play to your strengths and go for something less energetic.”
The thief, who Stevens believes is much younger than he is, has not been caught, but Stevens put his money where his mouth is.
The next day Mr Stevens made a donation to a charity which promotes fitness.
He said: “I made a small donation at Milton Country Park to Cambridge Parkrun to help encourage youngsters to get fit. They seem to need all the help they can get.”
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