A Secret Service laptop that contained sensitive national security information, including a floor plan of Trump Tower, was reportedly stolen out of an agent’s parked car in New York City on Thursday morning.
Authorities are searching for the computer, which also held details about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and expect to be able to quickly identify a suspect from security video taken at the scene.
According to the New York Daily News, which first reported the story, the thief got out of a car – possibly an Uber – and took the laptop out of the agent’s car, which was parked in the driveway of the agent’s Brooklyn home.
Some stolen items, including a black bag with the Secret Service insignia and coins, have been recovered.
But the laptop, along with communication equipment and protective perimeter pins that agents use for easy identification, remains missing. Additionally, the thief took “sensitive documents” and the agent’s access keycard, the Daily News reported.
“There’s data on there that’s highly sensitive,” a police source told the Daily News. “They’re scrambling like mad.”
“The U.S. Secret Service can confirm that an employee was the victim of a criminal act in which our agency-issued laptop computer was stolen,” the Secret Service said in a statement. “Secret Service-issued laptops contain multiple layers of security including full disc encryption and are not permitted to contain classified information.”
“The investigation is ongoing and the Secret Service is withholding additional comment until all the facts are gathered,” the statement continued. “The Secret Service requests anyone with information regarding this crime to please contact the New York Police Department and the U.S Secret Service New York Field Office.”
According to ABC News, the agency is able to wipe the laptop remotely, if necessary.