There were no signs of forced entry, said Chief Mike Nivens of the CHP's protective services division.
The theft was discovered at 5 a.m. Tuesday at the building at 1416 Ninth St.
> "Several cubicles - 15 or 20 - on the fifth and sixth floors had been ransacked, desk drawers opened, papers rifled through, and three laptops were missing," Nivens
said Tuesday."We don't know what was on those specific computers or the sensitivity of the information loaded on them.We're investigating that now."
By late Tuesday afternoon, Nivens
said, the laptops could no longer be used to access the Water Resources Department's
"Our main concern was to shut down their remote access capabilities," he
said."Once that's severed, those laptops are just paperweights."The CHP
was called in because state buildings are under its jurisdiction.Nivens
would not speculate on the motive or how the building was entered.He
emphasized there is no indication that the thief obtained information relating to either the state's dams or its water supply.
"We heard rumors that there was some locker room talk that there might be issues of homeland security," Nivens
said."There is absolutely nothing to support that."
Even so, he
said, the Department of Water Resources has moved to heighten its internal security.