Someone stole a U.S. Secret Service agent’s gun, flash drive, badge, radio and handcuffs from their car in broad daylight Monday, marking yet another security failure for the embattled law enforcement agency best-known for protecting the president of the United States.
The agent is a member of the Presidential Protection Division, according to a source cited by CNN. The agent’s car was parked near agency headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., when the theft happened around 4 p.m., according to CNN, citing a police report and unnamed source.
It isn’t clear what kind of information is on the flash drive, but Secret Service officials claimed it was encrypted.
Another agent’s gun was stolen from his vehicle when he left it overnight in 2009, according to a report in the Washington Examiner.
The Secret Service has been under fire since 2013 over repeated failures, including allowing an armed intruder to jump the White House fence and storm into the East Room, allowing President Barack Obama to ride in an elevator with a security guard with a criminal record at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and drinking before crashing a government car into the White House barrier. Secret Service agents also had a drug cartel-funded sex party with foreign prostitutes while on duty in Colombia.
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