POLITICS
03/17/2017 02:29 pm ET Updated Mar 17, 2017

Secret Service Laptop Holding Trump Tower Floor Plans Stolen From Agent's Car

The theft on a Brooklyn, New York, street is a "very big deal."

A laptop computer containing Trump Tower floor plans and other sensitive intelligence was stolen from a Secret Service agent’s parked vehicle in New York, authorities said.

The theft occurred Thursday morning in Brooklyn, according to CBS News. The Secret Service confirmed the theft.

“Secret Service issued laptops contain multiple layers of security including full disk encryption and are not permitted to contain classified information,” the Secret Service said in a statement.

It’s unclear whether the theft was random, or whether the agent was targeted, according to CBS New York.

NYPD detectives are searching for the laptop. A police source told the New York Daily News that “it’s a very big deal” and “they’re scrambling like mad” to catch the thief.

Along with Trump Tower floor plans, the laptop contained sensitive information about the investigation into Hilary Clinton’s campaign emails. Sensitive documents also were taken from the agent’s car, according to CBS2 News, which didn’t elaborate.

The theft adds to a string of recent embarrassments for the Secret Service. Two agents face an internal investigation after allegedly taking a photo of Trump’s sleeping grandchild during a protective detail last week. A week ago, a White House intruder was able to stay on the grounds for 15 minutes before Secret Service agents finally caught him.

The Secret Service ranked dead-last in a 2016 employee survey of 305 federal agencies for employee satisfaction, according to The Washington Post. 

Authorities said they are looking for a white man wearing dark clothing.

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