LANL computers stolen from Santa Fe home

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By Roger Snodgrass

The Santa Fe Police Department and Los Alamos National Laboratory confirmed Wednesday that three computers were stolen from a Santa Fe residence Friday.

Captain Gary Johnson, the public information officer for the criminal division, said there was evidence of forcible entry into the home in the 1300 block of Madrid Road, an east side Santa Fe neighborhood.

“There is nothing solid at this point,” he said, adding that there was no information about whether the computers held classified information.”

On Sunday the police reported that entry was gained to the residence through the backdoor, which was kicked in. The apparent burglary happened between 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Friday.

A lab scientist, Richard Epstein, who resides on that block, has been identified by cross-referencing the police information, as the custodian of the equipment. Epstein is a Project Leader for the Los Alamos Solid-State Optical Refrigerator program and the Focus Leader for Astrophysics at the Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics, according to his profile on the LANL web site. His research is focused on “theoretical aspects of neutron stars, pulsars, supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, nucleosynthesis, cosmic rays and galaxy formation.

An attempt to reach Epstein this morning was unsuccessful.

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