Police on Staten Island are trying to unravel something of a mystery. Who broke into the campaign office of GOP Rep. Michael Grimm, and why?
Carol Danko -- Grimm's spokeswoman -- says his campaign headquarters at 2582 Hyland Blvd., between the New Dorp Post Office and the Hylan Shopping Plaza -- was vandalized and burglarized overnight. She e-mailed reporters about what happened around 2 p.m. Sunday after arriving at the office.
According to Danko, whoever did this threw cement blocks through several windows. Meanwhile, Grimm learned from police that the office computers had their hard drives erased. Investigators believe the broken windows may have been a "cover up" to disguise the fact that someone tampered with the computers.
The spokeswoman says campaign workers left the office Saturday night at approximately 7:30 p.m. and discovered the break-in when they returned to campaign headquarters Sunday around 10 a.m. Danko pointed out things would be a lot worse, if the computers hadn't been backed up and workers had personal information on the machines.
She says Grimm is working closely with the NYPD; Capitol Police have also been notified.
This reportedly isn't the first time the congressman has been robbed. Earlier this year, he said someone ripped off his mailbox from his home in New Springville.
Grimm is running against Democrat Mark Murphy for re-election. When asked if what happened at headquarters had something to do with the race, or recent comments by the congressman about the violence in the Middle East and across the Muslim world, sparked by that YouTube video criticizing the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, she replied:"The campaign does believe this is politically motivated. The police do not have any suspects at this time," she said.
Reporting By Mike SheehanCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun