Odd detail about that break-in at the lawyers for the State Department whistleblower

Posted by: Phineas on July 9, 2013 at 1:45 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Following up on this story, I ran across an odd item in US News:

Among the odd details about the robbery is that only one credit card was stolen from a drawer that contained four cards. It’s unclear to the attorneys why the crooks took one card from the drawer, but left behind three others and unsecured silver valued around $125.

The missing credit card was used for several retail purchases at Dallas’ Valley View Center mall around 4:45 p.m. on June 29, Mathias said.

Eerily, the shopping spree happened four hours before security cameras in the firm’s office building recorded two suspects first entering the building and then leaving with computers.

The report from Foreign Policy indicated nothing of traditional value to a thief had been taken, other than the computers from the law firm representing Aurelia Fedenisn, the former State Department investigator who’s made serious allegation of corruption and cover-up at State. The thieves ignored silver, computers in another, unlocked office, all sorts of things, just taking the attorneys’ laptops.

Except for one credit card?

So, what happened? Was there a third burglary earlier in the day that wasn’t caught on video? Did one of the thieves, under orders to steal only the laptops, get greedy and make a mistake that will enable the police to trace him? Was there an utterly unrelated theft, making this another in a chain of coincidences?

Who knows? Right now, it seems to be just a bit of interesting data. But it could be more. We’ll be watching to see where the police investigation leads.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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2 Responses to “Odd detail about that break-in at the lawyers for the State Department whistleblower”


  1. The lead attorney was interviewed on FNC today and said the thieves entered and left more than once, leading to the belief they had not necessarily found what they were looking for initially. He wisely would not answer penetrating questions about the investigation or their methods of storing their files other than to say what was taken involved privileged communication with several clients.

    In the surveillance footage, notice the guy at least has enough chivalry about him to hold the door for the female (I’m assuming here).

    “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
    Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”–William Shakespeare, from “Hamlet”

  2. Steel Turman says:

    It was a small scrap of masking tape that busted the Watergate burglars.