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Arrest Made in Theft of Laptops Possibly Containing Clinton Campaign Info

Clinton staffers found a window broken on their SUV, and their backpacks missing

Police arrested a man accused of stealing laptops belonging to Hillary Clinton campaign staffers in Philadelphia. (Published Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016)

Police arrested a man accused of stealing three computers from an SUV that may have contained information about Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in Philadelphia.

A search warrant was executed Saturday at a home on the 500 block of Diamond Street where police found three computers as well as a 27-year-old man. The man, who investigators say has a lengthy criminal history, was taken into custody. Police say charges against him are pending.

The investigation began Friday when four men who work for the Hillary Clinton campaign reported a theft. The men told police they parked their 2016 Buick Enclave on Brown Street in the Northern Liberties section of the city around 8 p.m. and went to a nearby restaurant. When the men returned, they discovered that someone had smashed the window of their vehicle and stolen three backpacks containing MacBook Pros as well as other items.

Clinton Pennsylvania press secretary Stephanie Formas said the items stolen were personal belongings of three advance staffers. Police say the computers may have contained scheduling information surrounding Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

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The Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security were notified and worked with Philadelphia Police during the investigation. Officials say the theft was random however and the man accused of stealing the computers had no indication that the four victims were affiliated with any campaign work.

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