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Computer stolen from "New York Times" correspondent's home

(IPYS/IFEX) - Between 20 and 21 October 2007, a number of unidentified persons entered the home of journalist Simón Romero, a "New York Times" correspondent in Venezuela, and stole a computer that contained a number of documents connected to his work. The motive for the theft is unknown, but common delinquency has been ruled out as neither money nor other valuables were taken from the house which is located in the municipality of Chacao, in Caracas.

Romero was out of town at the time. Security personnel who guard the area pointed out that on the night of 20 October, the house's alarm system was set off three times. The police arrived at the scene but did not report any irregularities. The next day, upon his return, Romero discovered that his computer had been stolen.

The journalist reported the incident to the Institute for Scientific and Criminal Investigations (Cuerpo de Investigaciones Científicas Penales y Criminalísticas, CICPC).

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