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Blagojevich Burglary: No Evidence Of Stolen Laptops

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By Kamika Dunlap on December 08, 2009 12:09 PM

Although a police search of a Chicago home didn't turn up any laptops from the offices of lawyers representing former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, police made one arrest on a weapons charge.

Calvin Ware, 41, was charged with a weapons violation but it wasn't related to the burglaries.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, police believed Ware was a suspect who broke into the offices of Blagojevich attorney Sam Adam and his son, Samuel E. Adam, and took items that may contain information about Blagojevich's case. Those items include eight computers and a safe.

Police executed a search warrant Ware's home located near the attorneys' office. They recovered a shot gun and  arrested Ware. However, he was not charged in the burglary incident.

It was unclear whether the burglary was carried out by thieves knowing what they were after or was a smash-and-grab by criminals looking for cash or easy-to-move merchandise, officials said.

Prosecutors filed a misdemeanor gun charge. The weapon was loaded and five additional rounds were found in a dresser belonging to Ware, according to documents. Ware also acknowledged owning the gun.

The stolen laptops contained copies of the nearly 500 hours of recordings in the Blagojevich case and other sensitive evidence that was stolen.

Blagojevich was secretly recorded in 2008 allegedly talking about illegal arrangements, including the selling of the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

He was removed from office earlier this year and maintains that he wants the public to hear all of the undercover government recordings.

Ware, charged with unlawful use of a weapon, was given a $25,000 bond and ordered to return to court this week.

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