Police recover computer belonging to high-ranking official

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Police in June had succeeded in identifying and detaining the man who in early May had burgled the apartment of Janis Maizitis, director of the Constitution Protection Bureau, the daily newspaper Latvijas Avize reports.

The law enforcement officers also succeeded in recovering Maizitis’ stolen computer, which has been returned to its owner already. The computer contained no classified data.

A 38 years old man with a previous criminal record was detained in connection with the burglary in Maizitis’ apartment. On June 8, a court ruled to remand him in custody. A criminal procedure has been started over burglary, an offense carrying a jail term of up to five years.

At this point, the State Police don't think the thief knew he was burgling the apartment of the Constitution Protection Bureau’ director, Andrejs Sozinovs, the head of the Riga regional criminal police, told journalists today.

Sozinovs noted that the man has been tried for thefts already before and that he is now suspected of burgling 12 apartments in total.

The suspect who was last released from jail in November 2016 has been collaborating with the police.

As reported, the rented apartment of the Constitution Protection Bureau’s director Janis Maizitis was burgled in May and the thief stole his computer, which did not however contain any classified data.

The thief also stole some unimportant items from Maizitis’ apartment.

Maizitis said in an interview with the Panorama evening news program of Latvian Television that the stolen computer contained his own articles he had “written as a university researcher”.

As reported, Janis Kazocins who headed the Constitution Protection Bureau before Maizitis, was also targeted by criminals in 2014. Several men assaulted Kazocins on a street in Riga on January 22, 2014, half a year after he had resigned as the Constitution Protection Bureau’s director. Kazocins suffered minor injuries in the attack.

Three men, born in 1977, 1983 and 1986, were later detained in connection with the attack.

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