THOUSANDS OF LAPTOPS STOLEN FROM SPECIAL
OPERATIONS DEFENSE CONTRACTOR IN FLORIDA
THEFT TOOK PLACE FOUR MONTHS AGO - DARING
BREAK-IN COVERED-UP UNTIL NOW - SOURCES
SAY GANG OF THIEVES BROKE INTO TAMPA-BASED
iGOV TECHNOLOGIES - MADE OFF WITH PANASONIC
"TOUGHBOOKS" AND OTHER ELECTRONICS - SOME
LOOT RECOVERED AT MIAMI WAREHOUSE - SOCOM
SAYS "NO MILITARY INFORMATION" ON ANY OF THE
MISSING DEVICES WORTH OVER $3,000 EACH
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The theft went off like a well-planned military operation.
On a quiet weekend in early March, a red Lincoln Navigator pulled up at the iGov. Technologies office in Suite 110 of the corporate center at 9211 Palm River Drive in Hillsborough (Tampa) Florida. Surveillance cameras caught seven men piling out of the vehicle and climbing up on the roof.
The investigation, which was hushed up until now, showed the gang cut their way through to the iGov. facility and, working for nine hours, with two semi-trailer trucks backed up to receive the loot, made off with more than 3,000 laptop computers plus other electronic equipment.
The stolen devices were identified as the much-desired Panasonic "Toughbooks," worth at least $3000 each. A spokesperson for SOCOM said "none of the laptops contained military information."
SOME LAPTOPS RECOVERED WHILE OFFICIALS
INVESTIGATE LAX SECURITY PROCEDURES AT iGOV OFFICE
When the FBI and Miami-Dade County Police entered the case, some of the missing equipment was located at a Miami warehouse. Sources say at least 1900 of the laptops have been recovered.
iGov. Technologies is headquartered in McLean, Va. They have a multi-million dollar contract to provide mobile technology for the U.S. Special Operations Command. Presumably, some of those taxpayer dollars are meant to pay for proper security, so such a daring theft as which took place, would be impossible.
"To put a huge contract at stake because the defense contractor failed to provide a secure location (as stipulated in the contract) is a serious blow and severe embarrassment to STRATCOM, SOCOM and the Pentagon," said retired Army CW4 Rich Dickson, a whistleblower and contract expert who served at Offutt AFB in Nebraska. "This incident also undermines the illusion they are using "due prudence" when dealing with America's sworn enemies."