Dep’t of Homeland Security Employee Robbed of GPS, Phone, Documents on Warren St.

While reading the police reports for the blotter today, I came across one that was a departure from the usual iPhone and handbag thefts. On July 28th, an unnamed man from the Department of Homeland Security said he parked and locked his car on Warren St. near Smith St. around 8 p.m. The following morning at 6:30 a.m. he was told some of his belongings had been found near Smith and Douglas; upon returning to his car he saw the passenger-side window had been broken and the following items stolen:

—Dell laptop
—encrypted cell phone
—satellite phone
—Department of Homeland Security (DHS) GPS
—DHS response jacket
—personal GPS
—DHS digital camera
—DHS unsecured cell
—Miscellaneous papers

No word on the man’s identity, though he lives in Boston, Mass. The rest of the blotter to come later.

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  • David G.

    I’ve seen automatic machine guns left inside the DHS cars parked on Cadman Plaza. So, this is very concerning to me.

  • pankymom

    This individual will be fired immediately. He is an unforgiveable security risk. What an ass.

  • Big Dave

    Department of Homeland WHAT??
    You’d think there would ge a regulation against leaving these things anywhere but a LOCKED TRUNK. Ugh!

  • GHB

    What kind of idiot would leave that kind of stuff in a car? And right on the seat? Homeland Security, huh? Doesn’t give me much confidence in the system. He needs to be fired.

  • Scott B

    Ok – if all of this was in the trunk and not visible, I get it… but I highly suspect some (or all) of these items were visible, and, thus, the car was broken into. Idiotic indeed!

  • RM

    Why are people shocked when items are stolen out of a car? We don’t like in the cornfields – take your valuables out of your car when you park it, even if it’s on your own property.

    This guy should definitely get fired for being a complete idiot.

  • Teddy

    I bet when they asked him why he left all of that stuff clearly visible in the vehicle, he said I thought it was a safe neighborhood.

  • Daffy Duck

    What a douche. But, at least he took his gun with him.

  • Robyn

    Well…at least we know what kind of purchases are made by the Dep. Of Homeland Security with our tax money

  • AL

    Not only should he be fired, he should be made to reimburse DHS for any of their items not fully covered by insurance.

  • x

    Another government failure

  • WillowtownCop

    Some cars don’t require a key to pop the trunk button. If you break a window, you can open the trunk.

    I also don’t see any allegations that any of this stuff was full of classified, secret documents. If the was probably an ancient Tomtom that’s never been updated, a Toughbook with Windows 98, and a Nextel phone so old it doesn’t get text messages, if the Feds are anything like the City when it comes to keeping up to date with technology.

    This guy was a victim of a crime (a larceny, not a robbery, btw) and will probably be punished w/ loss of vacation time more than the stuff was worth.

    Some people have a real chip on their shoulders about people who work for the government.

  • WillowtownCop

    Save at least some of your frothing at the mouth anger for the skel who broke into the car and stole the stuff. He’s the criminal here, not the guy who made a mistake that any one of you could have made.

  • Eddyenergizer

    The point is: The guy works for The Department of Homeland Security; how can he be trusted to keep us secure when he can’t even keep his equipment secure.

  • WillowtownCop

    He could be a janitor or a computer programmer or an attorney who does contracts or one of those people who grope you at the airport. It doesn’t say he’s a super secret spy agent or anything.

  • Livingston

    Given the types of items listed, I think it’s doubtful the guy is an administrative flunky or airport screener (encrypted cell phone, satellite phone, 2 GPS — this guy must get lost easily). BTW, the location of the theft is in close proximity to at least 2 mosques and an assortment of other middle eastern establishments. Conspiracy theories, anyone?

  • AL


    You surprise me. The DHS guy was a MORON not deserving of our sympathy. It’s a given that the skel is a criminal. It is not known whether he/she is a moron.

  • BHer

    DHS can’t secure a laptop… is it any wonder we have the TSA??

    And, who needs 3 phones and 2 GPS devices?

    Yes, we need to raise taxes and give our money to these guys. We could wipe out the deficit in 6 months if we just got rid of this nonsense.

    All this technology and it’s kept in a parked car??