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Arrest Made in Gov’t Office Burglary

February 23, 2002

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) _ Authorities arrested a 24-year-old woman Saturday after a burglary at a Federal Highway Administration office that houses sensitive information about Hoover Dam.

A federal ID badge and computer hard drives were among the more than $100,000 in items stolen, however the hard drives were not believed to have contained sensitive information, said Raul Carballido of the FBI.

Carballido said investigators did not believe the break-in involved a terrorist threat.

The woman, identified as Jennifer Cisney, was arrested in nearby Golden driving a stolen SUV with a loaded .357-magnum revolver on the front seat.

``She has an extensive criminal history,″ said police Lt. Al Wilson, a member of the area drug task force. No reason was given for the presence of task force members at the news conference, and officials declined to say if drugs were involved.

Investigators wouldn’t give details of the arrest except to say Cisney had been contacted and a rendezvous arranged. But she fled when officers approached, backing into another vehicle.

Carballido said charges of theft of government property would be filed against her Monday.

The federal building where the burglary occurred has no security cameras or security guards. Clara Conner of the Federal Highway Administration said the agency would be looking into improving security.

Hoover Dam, about 30 miles east of Las Vegas, Nev., forms the largest man-made reservoir in the nation. It provides water to 23 million people and hydroelectric power for 1.3 million people in Arizona, Nevada and California.

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