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Sandia Labs Laptop Taken in Car Burglary

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia spokesman says no national security information was compromised

Federal officials are investigating a car burglary last week in Albuquerque in which a U.S. government laptop computer and a secure government computer access card were stolen from a Sandia National Laboratories employee, according to a police report.

The laptop, computer access card and government documents stolen from the car were “of a secure nature and sensitive information,” according to the police report.

A Sandia spokesman said no national security information was compromised.

“He wasn’t carrying any classified materials,” labs spokesman George Rhynedance said Wednesday. The laptop could, however, contain “personal information that could be considered sensitive,” Rhynedance said.

Raphael Molle, an employee at Sandia’s California site, drove his rental car to Kohl’s department store in northeast Albuquerque on the afternoon of Dec. 22, according to an Albuquerque Police Department report on the incident.

The stolen items were in the back seat of the car. When Molle later went to return the rental car, he realized the items were stolen and returned to Kohls and reported the theft to police. There was no evidence force had been used, according to the police report.

According to Rhynedance, the stolen access card was used to gain access to Sandia’s internal computer network. When the card went missing, Sandia security personnel were able to disable system access from within the labs, Rhynedance said.

Prescription pain medication also was taken, according to the police report.