The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was hit by a thief who escaped dozens of mobile phones and electronic equipment at two different locations last week.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledged that one person is suspected of sliding into two of his buildings – one in Washington and one in Arlington. A suspect was arrested after attempting to sell the equipment at a restaurant in Virginia and almost all stolen devices were recovered.
The suspect was identified by the Arlington police as Joel Enriquez-Bueno, 42, without a known address. He was accused of large-scale theft, with the intention of selling, breaking and entering and giving a false identity to the police. He was detained without a tie at the detention facility in Arlington County.
But it is unclear why the accused thief apparently directed two different facilities of the Foreign Ministry on the same river on the same day, suggesting that they were not randomly chosen. It is also unclear whether it is a coincidence that the thefts took place during the governmental arrest that 4 out of 10 employees of the State Department left behind, or that the thief has not understood that diplomatic security, which is responsible for the protection of property and lives, is despite the shutdown fully staffed.
An official from the State Department who spoke about the condition of anonymity to discuss the mysterious incident said: "We continue to meet security requirements," but the official refused to discuss the details.
The official said that a thief had entered two outbuildings of the State Department on January 3. The official did not say whether the person had succeeded in passing security to reach inner ears in the Washington building.
More is known about the incident in Rosslyn. According to the Arlington County police, officers were shown around 11 am to a building in the 1800 block of N. Lynn Street. A high-rise building on that block houses the personnel security and suitability office of the State Department, where security clearances for all employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are monitored and processed.
Police said a man walked in at 9:35 am & # 39; in the secure building was pulled & # 39; pulled, had slipped behind someone else and found his way to a suite on the upper floor. According to reports, he stole 53 electronic devices, including 44 mobile phones that were a combination of telephones from private and public companies. It is unclear why so many phones were in one place, but government employees often check their phones before entering secure areas. The police refused to specify which other electronic devices were taken.
The police decided the thief went to a restaurant that was less than a kilometer from Fort Myer Drive and tried to sell. As they approached the area, they placed a man who fitted the thief's description and took him into custody.
The police found all stolen equipment, with the exception of headphones, according to police spokeswoman Ashley Savage. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not believe that the phones sent contain classified material.