According to police sources, a Secret Service-issued laptop was stolen from an agent’s car in Brooklyn.
Authorities are frantically searching for the laptop that contains floor plans for Trump Tower, information about the Hillary Clinton email investigation and other national security information.
The robbery occurred on Thursday morning. Authorities are trying to determine if Agent Marie Argentieri was targeted or if the robbery was random. Source added that NYPD cops are assisting in the investigation.
According to sources, the thief stepped out of a dark-colored sedan, possibly an Uber, and darted into Argentieri’s Bath Beach driveway about 3 a.m. He grabbed the computer, a backpack, and other goods and walked away.
The thief didn’t get back in the car he arrived in. In a surveillance video, he was seen walking away from the brick home wearing a backpack and holding a laptop
Sources said that other stolen items include “sensitive” documents, an access keycard, coins, a black zippered bag with the Secret Service insignia on it and lapel pins from various assignments, including ones involving President Trump, the Clinton campaign, the United Nations General Assembly and the Pope’s visit to New York
Later, the coins and bag were found.
A criminal act:
In a statement, Shawn Holtzclaw, Secret Service spokesman said: “An employee was the victim of a criminal act in which our agency-issued laptop computer was stolen.”
Sources added that the information on the laptop cannot be remotely erased.
The device doesn’t contain classified information but it could be used to access a server that does, according to the agency. Holtzclaw said “Secret Service-issued laptops contain multiple layers of security, including full disk encryption and are not permitted to contain classified information. An investigation is ongoing, and the Secret Service is withholding additional comment until the facts are gathered.”
The laptop contained floor plans for Trump Tower, evacuation protocols and information regarding the investigation of Clinton’s private email server
The information could compromise national security, despite the laptop not containing anything about the White House or foreign leaders.
The suspect turned onto Cropsey Ave. and dumped the backpack in the snow outside a private home, after walking away.
Another bag containing papers were found by a teacher from Poly Prep Country Day School, in neighboring Bay Ridge, on her front porch and she turned them over to school security.
On Friday morning, Poly Prep’s head of security, a retired NYPD cop, realized that the papers were Secret Service and notified Argentieri.
In a statement, the NYPD said: If anyone has information that can assist in the investigation of this incident they are encouraged to contact the NYPD or the US Secret Service Field Office.”
Lately, the Secret Service has been involved in a series of embarrassments, the laptop theft is the latest.
An intruder jumped the White House fence last week and wasn’t caught for 16 minutes. While a pair of agents are reportedly under investigation for taking pictures with Trump’s sleeping grandson.