Rico Perry and his girlfriend Samantha Rudolph don't know much about politics or Marc Dann for that matter. But the couple contacted 10 Investigates Tuesday evening when the device in their possession matched the image of a BlackBerry shown in a 10TV News story on the investigation of Dann's office, 10 Investigates' Paul Aker reported.
Aker dialed the phone number on the device, which sends callers to the voicemail of Jen Urban, an attorney in the attorney general's office. Urban reported her BlackBerry was stolen with her purse Thursday morning from her unlocked Short North apartment. The reported theft occurred less than a day after investigators seized computers from the attorney general's office, and Dann submitted his resignation.
Urban's BlackBerry is being sought by investigators because of a text message she sent to Dann indicating that she would not testify falsely under oath, fearing she would lose her law license.
Rudolph said she picked up the BlackBerry at a house party over the weekend near the Ohio State University campus. The device was lying on a kitchen counter, Rudolph told 10 Investigates.
Police were attempting to contact Perry and Rudolph late Tuesday night.
Detectives told 10 Investigates that despite the timing of the theft report, they have no reason to believe the BlackBerry's disappearance was due to anything more than an ordinary burglary.
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