Friday, March 17, 2017
Any Secret Service Agent That Leaves Their Computer In Their Car Overnight Should Be Fired! Pure Dereliction Of Duty!
A laptop computer containing floor plans for Trump Tower,
information about the Hillary Clinton email investigation
and other national security information was stolen from a
Secret Service agent's vehicle in Brooklyn, police sources
told the Daily News.
Authorities have been frantically searching for the laptop
since it was stolen Thursday morning — and are trying to
determine if the thief knew what he was taking or
randomly targeted the agent’s vehicle.
NYPD cops were assisting in the investigation but had
scant information on exactly what’s on the laptop,
"The Secret Service is very heavily involved and,
citing national security, there's very little we have
on our side," a police source said. "It's a very big deal.”
"There's data on there that's highly sensitive,” the
source said. “They're scrambling like mad.”
The information on the laptop cannot be remotely
erased, sources said.
Other items stolen include “sensitive” documents,
an access keycard, coins, a black zippered bag with
the Secret Service insignia on it and Secret Service
lapel pins from various assignments — including
ones involving Donald Trump, the Hillary Clinton
campaign, the United Nations General Assembly
and the Pope’s visit to New York, sources said.
Some items, including the coins and bag, were later
found. But other items, including the laptop, were
still being sought.
"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,” Secret Service spokesman Shawn
Holtzclaw said in a statement.
“Secret Service issued laptops contain multiple
layers of security including full disk encryption
and are not permitted to contain classified
information. An investigation is ongoing and
the Secret Service is withholding additional
comment until the facts are gathered.”
The agent, Marie Argentieri, could not be
reached for comment.
The thief stepped out of a dark-colored car,
possibly an Uber, and stole the laptop from
Argentieri's vehicle, a 2015 Bajaj, which was
parked in the driveway of her Bath Beach
home, sources said. Neighbors said the thief
struck about 3 a.m.
The crook, a man dressed in black, didn’t get
back in the car. He was seen on surveillance
video walking away from the scene with a
backpack holding the laptop, sources said.
Neighbor Jaime Palazzi, 40, saw the thief
but was unaware until later the backpack
belonged to the agent.
"I was smoking a cigarette on my balcony,”
Palazzi said. “I looked at him, he looked at
me, and he kept on going. It wasn't anything
out of the ordinary.”
Another 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.”
Mignuolo said he was excited by the intrigue
and theorized the thief is from nearby Brighton
Beach, a Russian enclave.
“What’s going on is crazy,” he said, “with the
Russians and the President.”
Argentieri told investigators the laptop contained
floor plans for Trump Tower, evacuation protocols
and information regarding the investigation of
Hillary Clinton's private email server, according
While nothing about the White House or foreign
leaders is stored on the laptop the information on
there could compromise national security, she said.
After walking off the suspect turned onto Cropsey
Ave. and dumped the bag in the snow outside a
private home. Residents there had no comment.
Other items were found by a teacher at Poly Prep
Country Day School, in neighboring Bay Ridge,
and turned over to security. The school’s head of
security notified Argentieri Friday morning, sources said.
“The NYPD is working along with the United States
Secret Service,” the NYPD said in a statement.
“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.”