Break-Ins, Shootings Mar Bush-Kerry Race

Sept. 11: Four laptop computers believed to contain Kerry-Edwards material are reported stolen from county Democratic offices in Norristown, Pa., according to a newspaper report. "The door to the place had this flimsy lock on it; there was no forced entry," Norristown police Lt. Kevin McKeon told ABC News. "This was a crime of opportunity. We do not believe it had anything to do with anything political."

Sept. 2: A gunshot shatters a window at GOP headquarters in Huntington, W.Va., as workers are gathered to watch Bush's speech during the Republican National Convention, police say.

Aug. 31: Someone shoots out a window at Centre County Democratic headquarters in State College, Pa., apparently with a slingshot, police say. Witnesses hear the glass shatter, but no gunshot, and see a white car zipping away. Police have no motive, but suggest it may not be political. "We have numerous incidents of criminal mischief with slingshots and BB guns in this town," State College police Sgt. Mark Argiro says. "You can imagine -- a town with about 40,000 college students."

March 25: Author and historian Gerald Nicosia returns to his home in Corte Madera, Calif., to find his door ajar and three of 14 boxes of FBI surveillance documents on Kerry missing, but no other valuables taken. Nicosia had obtained thousands of government documents on Kerry's anti-Vietnam War activities through Freedom of Information Act requests. Nicosia, a Kerry backer, says information from the documents later was used to attack Kerry, but only after a government release. "It took me 11 years to get this stuff," Nicosia says. "And then, three weeks after this whole scandal broke in the news, the FBI issued this whole thing on a CD-ROM to everyone in the news media." Police say they have suspended the investigation because of lack of evidence.

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