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Police report says break-in at Dem HQ not random

Associated Press Modified: November 15, 2012 at 5:00 pm •  Published: November 15, 2012

SEATTLE (AP) — A preliminary police report suggests an Election Day burglary at the headquarters of the state Democratic Party might be something other than a routine break-in.

The majority of items taken belonged to important campaign workers, and the burglar attempted to make it look like a random crime, the report states.

Police are still investigating and won't speculate on why the office was targeted.

"Unless we know who the suspects are, it's kind of hard to figure out a motive," spokesman Mark Jamieson said Thursday. "I wouldn't read too much into the initial report taken by the patrol officers at the scene. The real work is done by the follow-up units."

Jamieson said burglary detectives don't see anything suspicious, besides the initial break-in.

Workers arriving about 5:30 a.m. Nov. 6 found the front door smashed. Police secured the building and found offices ransacked. In addition to the Democratic Party, the building held offices for Jay Inslee's campaign for governor and Organizing for America, the campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama.

A window had been broken to get into a director's office and confidential files were rifled through and moved. Other offices that were hit included the media coordinator and fundraising section. A trash can was dumped and used to haul away the stolen property.

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