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Washington DC Auditors Office Broken Into and Burglarized According to Sources

4:31 PM, Apr 19, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- DC Mayor Vincent Gray responded on Wednesday night to news of a break-in at the DC Auditor's office.

As first reported earlier Wednesday by 9News Now's Bruce Johnson, the DC Auditor's Office was burglarized on Monday. 

It happened between 5:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. at 717 14th Street, NW, at the ninth floor DC Auditor's office. Monday was Emancipation Day in DC, which is a holiday that forced all DC government offices to close. 

Mayor Gray told 9News Now on Wednesday night, "I'm hopeful that our police department will quickly get to the bottom of what occurred." Gray says he was stunned to hear of the break-in.

Johnson says a high-ranking DC Official told him at least one, maybe two computers were stolen from the 9th floor of the auditor's office.

9News Now's Ken Molestina reports that the computers were Dell laptops, valued at just over $3100 total for both. But Mayor Gray said he is not worried about the monetary value of the computers, but the information within the laptops which could be in the wrong hands.

"Having been the chair of the [DC] Council for four years, I know the importance of the office, and the work that it does and the sensitive issues that they focus on, so we are going to work hard to get to the bottom of this, and hopefully this won't interfere with any ongoing investigation," Gray said.

The crime may have been caught on tape, according to sources. 

The DC Auditors Office is responsible for conducting thorough audits of the accounts and operations of the DC government, and reports to the DC Council. Gray said he hopes the thefts have nothing to do "with any ongoing investigations in which they may have been engaged."

Bruce Johnson says police are still looking for the suspect and anyone with any information is urged to call DC police with tips. 

Authorities have described the suspect as "a masked man."

9News Now reached out to the DC Auditor's Office for comment but did not get a response as of late Wednesday night.




Stay tuned to 9News Now for more information about this incident. 

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