Police on Tuesday joined the search for a state issued BlackBerry that may hold evidence related to the attorney general investigation.
Detectives dusted for fingerprints at the apartment belonging to Jen Urban, an attorney in the attorney general’s office, 10 Investigates’ Paul Aker reported.
Urban said her BlackBerry and other items were stolen from her apartment early last Thursday morning.
“It’s unfortunate,” Urban told 10 Investigates. “A lot of my personal belongings were taken. I don’t know the motivation behind it.”
State investigators said they were "very curious" about the timing. The burglary took place just hours after an unannounced sweep of Dann's office by the Inspector General. Inspector General Thomas Charles also locked down computers, including one belonging to Urban, Aker reported.
Charles said that his office wants to find Urban’s missing BlackBerry but had little comment beyond that, Aker reported.
The device could be important because during the internal investigation, investigators wrote in their final report they believed Urban was romantically linked to Leo Jennings III, who served as Attorney General Marc Dann's communications director.
According to Urban, someone walked through her front door at about 5 a.m. and took her television, along with her purse and BlackBerry.
“All the cables and cords are gone,” Urban said. “The purse was placed right here in front of this plant.”
Urban told police that the crime happened while she was on the back patio, and Jessica Utovich, Dann’s former scheduler, slept on the couch.
But on Tuesday, Urban told 10 Investigates that Utovich was some place else during the burglary.
“It's been discerned at this time that the items were taken before she rested on the couch,” Urban said.
10 Investigates also learned on Tuesday that the inspector general has seized a BlackBerry belonging to Tom Winters, who took over as acting attorney general when Dann resigned, Aker reported.
The women who were sexually harassed inside Dann’s office claimed that Winters knew about some of the problems in January but failed to act.
Winters declined comment to 10 Investigates.
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