By The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Eight state-owned computers containing
details on all of the New Mexico companies that use radioactive
material have been stolen, officials said Tuesday.
The names, addresses and phone numbers of more than 210 businesses
are contained in the stolen computers, along with what radioactive
materials each is licensed to have, said Bill Floyd, manager of the
state Environment Department's Radiation Control Bureau.
Thieves took the eight computer towers from the bureau's office in
Santa Fe either Thursday night or early Friday. Police were
While the files are legally accessible to the public, anyone seeking
them would need to do so under the Freedom of Information Act, Floyd
He said he believed the culprits were seeking the machines themselves
-- not the data in them. A room where hard copies of licensee files
are kept was accessible to the thieves but nothing there was taken,
Still, he added, "we don't like the fact that this information might
fall into the hands of people who have something sinister up their
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The bureau has sent letters to all the companies, notifying them of
the theft and advising them to watch for any suspicious activity.