Republicans See Congressional Office Break Ins....After Hours

Katie Pavlich

5/17/2012 8:12:00 AM - Katie Pavlich

Watergate 2.0? Maybe not quite, but a number of Republican Representatives on the Hill and Capitol police are trying to figure out who is responsible for a series of burglaries that took place after hours in Congressional offices. The burglaries took place at night, doors were locked and because the Capitol is surrounded by police 24/7, evidence points to an inside job. The offices of Reps. Trey Gowdy, Jerry Lewis and Jon Runyan were affected.

More from the National Journal:

Puzzling break-ins over the last month at the offices of at least three House members and several committees have U.S. Capitol Police gumshoes working to find a pattern and the culprits, with missing items ranging from cash and expensive computer equipment to autographed baseballs and alcohol.

“The evidence points to someone with access to my office, and other offices in the Capitol complex, as the perpetrator,” freshman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., surmised in a letter to the House’s Office of the Chief Administrative Officer.

Other offices hit—many of which handle information dealing with issues of national security, though nothing of a sensitive nature was reportedly taken—include those of Reps. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., and Jon Runyan, R-N.J.; the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security; and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Those looking for some common link might note that Lewis serves on Appropriations; Gowdy sits on Oversight; and Runyan is a member of the Armed Services Committee. Also, staffers on the House Oversight Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census, and the National Archives, which Gowdy chairs, reported that $200 of their money went missing during business hours.