(follow-up) PennDOT computer heist remains unsolved

This breach was reported back in 2006 and covered on PogoWasRight.org at the time. If you were wondering what happened since then, it appears that the incident is still a mystery.

Three years after a mysterious heist of computer equipment from a state driver’s license center, police are still unsure why the crooks targeted the state Department of Transportation building.

The motive behind the sophisticated November 2006 burglary at the Wilkes-Barre Driver’s License Center baffled police. They wondered whether the motive was to access personal information for identity theft, or maybe use the equipment to produce fake identification cards.

Investigators weren’t sure back then, and they’re still not sure today.


The thieves broke in through a back door of the building at 1085 Hanover St., around 11:45 p.m. on Nov. 28, 2006. They disabled the alarm system and stole two computer hard drives, a camera, a printer, card stock, laminate and other equipment that could have been used to produce licenses and identification cards.

The hard drives also contained personal information from more than 11,000 customers who received or renewed their licenses at the center in the months preceding the burglary. Troopers believed the perpetrators were familiar with the building’s layout and security system.

But despite the three years that have passed without any suspects, the investigation remains open, Krawetz said.

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