On Friday, law enforcement sources told multiple news agencies that a laptop containing floor plans for Trump Tower, information about the Hillary Clinton investigation and other national security information was stolen from a Secret Service Agent’s car. ABC News, CBS News, the NY Daily News and more stated that police sources confirmed that the incident happened on Thursday morning.
Among other items stolen with the laptop were coins and a black bag that had the Secret Service insignia on it. Those were later recovered, but the laptop with “sensitive” material on it has not yet turned up.
The Secret Service agent’s car was in the driveway of her home in New York when a thief reportedly stole the items. The NY Daily News reported that the thief “stepped out of a car, possibly an Uber, on a street in Bath Beach and stole the laptop from the agent’s vehicle. Video footage shows the suspect leaving the scene with a backpack.
“The agent also told investigators that while nothing about the White House or foreign leaders is stored on the laptop, the information on there could compromise national security,” the NY Daily News reported. The suspect also took “sensitive” documents and the agent’s access keycard.
CBS News reported that sources told them that the laptop also contained some important documents pertaining to Pope Francis.
“The Secret Service is very heavily involved and, citing national security, there’s very little we have on our side,” a police source told the NY Daily News. “It’s a very big deal.”
“There’s data on there that’s highly sensitive,” they added. “They’re scrambling like mad.”
ABC News reported that the computer “is encrypted and authorities are able to wipe the hard drive remotely if needed.”