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Clarke campaign staffers offer reward for return of computer CAMPAIGN 1995


While city police said yesterday that they had no leads in the May 16 burglary of mayoral candidate Mary Pat Clarke's campaign headquarters, two of Mrs. Clarke's staff members are offering a $1,000 reward for the return of a computer taken during the break-in.

Police said the burglary took place after an 8-by-15-inch plywood panel anchoring a window air-conditioning unit was removed from the third floor of Mrs. Clarke's headquarters, located in a rowhouse at 2511 N. Charles St.

A laptop computer worth $6,000 that contained a detailed analysis of voting patterns in Baltimore was stolen along with $40 in cash, a television, a videocassette recorder and a telephone, said Cheryl Benton, Mrs. Clarke's campaign manager.

Yesterday, Ms. Benton said she and political director Linda Eberhart had put up $500 each toward a reward for the return of the Compaq laptop computer, which belonged to Ms. Eberhart. Campaign workers were trying to restore the voter information that was stored in the computer, Ms. Benton said.

The reward was posted in advertisements in Monday's editions of The Sun and the Afro-American, but Ms. Eberhart said yesterday that no one had called.

City police Detective William Hilseberg, of the department's pawn shop division, said that after the burglary, he called most of Baltimore's 45 pawn shops alerting owners to the make and serial number of the stolen computer. But Detective Hilseberg said yesterday he had not received any information from the shops.

The burglary touched off a top-priority police investigation, one police commander said last month, but because of the lack of leads, Detective Randolph Brown, of the property crimes division, described the investigation as being at a "stalemate."

Campaign workers have stepped up security at the headquarters.

"It's still on the books, but nothing has turned up," Ms. Benton said. "There are no new leads."

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