According to law enforcement sources, detectives with the New York Police Department are searching for the stolen laptop, which contains contains pages of important and sensitive information.
The sources said some of the documents are important files on Pope Francis.
The laptop was stolen from a Secret Service agent’s vehicle Thursday morning and is considered a compromise of national security, Pegues reports. Authorities are examining surveillance video to try and identify a potential suspect.
The Secret Service confirmed in a statement on Friday that a laptop issued by the agency was stolen and that an employee was “the victim of a criminal act.”
“Secret Service issued laptops contain multiple layers of security including full disk encryption and are not permitted to contain classified information,” the agency said.
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Laptop holding Trump Tower floor plans, Hillary Clinton email investigation info stolen from Secret Service agent
Authorities are frantically searching for a Secret Service-issued laptop — containing floor plans for Trump Tower, information about the Hillary Clinton email investigation and other national security information — that was stolen from an agent’s car in Brooklyn, police sources told the Daily News Friday.
The computer was lifted Thursday morning and officials are trying to determine if Agent Marie Argentieri was targeted or if the robbery was random.
NYPD cops are assisting in the investigation, sources said.
“It’s a very big deal,” a police source said. “There’s data on there that’s highly sensitive. They’re scrambling like mad.”
Sources and neighbors said 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, sources said.
The crook, dressed in black, didn’t get back in the car he arrived in. He was seen on surveillance video strolling away from the brick home wearing a backpack and holding a laptop, sources said.
Neighbor Mike Mignuolo, 73, believes, based on the video police showed him, that the suspect moved quickly and with a purpose.
“It showed somebody running to the car and running back out,” he said. “They knew what they were doing, absolutely. They knew what they were hitting.”
Other items stolen 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, sources said.
An agency-issued radio was also taken, according to Politico.
The coins and bag were later found.
A Secret Service “employee was the victim of a criminal act in which our agency-issued laptop computer was stolen,” spokesman Shawn Holtzclaw said in a statement.
The information on the laptop cannot be remotely erased, sources said.
The agency said the device doesn’t contain classified information but could be used to access a server that does.
“Secret Service-issued laptops contain multiple layers of security, including full disk encryption and are not permitted to contain classified information,” Holtzclaw said. “An investigation is ongoing, and the Secret Service is withholding additional comment until the facts are gathered.”
Argentieri could not be reached for comment.
The agent told investigators the laptop contained floor plans for Trump Tower, evacuation protocols and information regarding the investigation of Clinton’s private email server, according to sources.
While nothing about the White House or foreign leaders is stored on the laptop, the information could compromise national security, she said.
After walking away, the suspect turned onto Cropsey Ave. and dumped the backpack in the snow outside a private home. Residents there had no comment.
A teacher from Poly Prep Country Day School, in neighboring Bay Ridge, found another bag containing papers on her front porch and she turned them over to school security.
Poly Prep’s head of security, a retired NYPD cop, determined they were Secret Service and notified Argentieri Friday morning, sources 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,” the NYPD said in a statement.
The laptop theft is the latest in a series of embarrassments for the Secret Service.
Last week, an intruder jumped the White House fence and wasn’t caught for 16 minutes, and a pair of agents are reportedly under investigation for taking pictures with Trump’s sleeping grandson.
Secret Service laptop stolen from agent's vehicle in New York
March 18 (UPI) -- A bag containing a laptop and other items was stolen from a Secret Service agent's vehicle in New York, authorities said.
The Secret Service confirmed the laptop, which officials said contained floor plans and evacuation protocol for Trump Tower, was missing. Authorities initially realized it had gone missing Thursday.
"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 statement read. "Secret Service issued laptops contain multiple layers of security including full disk encryption and are not permitted to contain classified information."
Officials said they are unable to trace or erase the information remotely, leaving risk it may be discovered.
The agent's lapel assignment pins, which allow agents to enter secure areas around dignitaries, were also stolen from the vehicle, official said. Officers from the New York Police Department recovered the black bag containing a Secret Service insignia after video showed a suspect tossing it onto the snow at 1533 Cropsey Ave.
When recovered the bag contained a collection of coins and other items that are being tested in a lab for evidence.
The stolen laptop was not recovered and is considered a compromise of national security.
The Secret Service said an investigation is underway and anyone with information regarding the crime is encouraged to contact the New York Police Department and the U.S. Secret Service New York Field Office.
Two of the sources said that some items stolen from the vehicle — including a set of lapel pins that allow agents entry into security perimeters around dignitaries protected by the Secret Service — had been recovered in the vicinity soon after the break-in.