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Sensitive data stolen in Suwanee OB/GYN burglary

SUWANEE — Gwinnett police are continuing their search for suspects after someone was spotted breaking into, and lifting sensitive information from, the Suwanee offices of a group that has been fighting anti-abortion bills in the Georgia Legislature.

Officials with the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society said two laptop computers with private information about its members were stolen during a burglary at the Tench Road facility early Saturday afternoon.

A jogger called 911 after hearing the beeps of an alarm and seeing a man run out of the closed business with a black bookbag about 12:40 p.m. The witness then fled down a hill until police arrived, responding to an alarm, according to a Gwinnett police report.

The jogger described the burglar as a black man in his mid- to late 30s, about 6 feet tall and 250 pounds, wearing a dark-colored T-shirt, black jeans, sunglasses, black gloves and a black beanie cap. He fled in a black passenger car the witness thought could have been a newer Mitsubishi, the report states.

Society President Dr. David Byck said it’s frightening that personal and family information of its membership was stolen. A motive for the crime wasn’t known, but Byck said “there cannot be a good intent behind such a crime.”

Executive Director Pat Cota said the stolen laptops contain professional and family information for some 1,000 OB/GYN physicians. The society is a professional organization for OB/GYN doctors statewide and has been active since 1951.

The report lists the stolen items as HP and Toshiba laptops, worth $1,750 total. Cota told police the laptops did not contain any client information.

Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Ed Ritter said Monday morning the case had yet to be assigned to an investigator because it occurred over the weekend.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.