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Official: Burglary at women's clinic linked to two others

SUWANEE -- While police continue to investigate a burglary last week at an obstetrics and gynecology clinic in Suwanee, an official there says other burglaries have occurred at two similar physician offices in metro Atlanta.

Officials with the Georgia Obstetrical and Gynecological Society said two laptop computers with sensitive information about its members were stolen during a burglary at the Tench Road facility the afternoon of March 17.

Two similar burglaries have happened elsewhere in metro Atlanta, Georgia Obstetrics and Gynecology Society Executive Director Pat Cota said.

"The factor all three have in common is that physicians from both the other offices have been at the Capitol with me advocating for some very controversial legislation this session," Cota said in an email to the Daily Post, referring to the so-called "fetal pain" bill that would have made abortions after 20 weeks illegal.

Cota's group have decried HB 954, in part, because it would have criminalized physicians who terminated pregnancies after 20 weeks. The bill failed this week.

Cota said two laptops stolen contained professional and family information for some 1,000 OB/GYN physicians -- but no client information, as none is collected by her agency. She said the passwords were changed immediately after the theft, to keep the laptops from being useful to anyone.

Gwinnett police said the Suwanee case remains under investigation. No arrests have been announced. A police report listed the stolen items as HP and Toshiba laptops, worth $1,750 total.

In the Suwanee burglary, 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. 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.

The society is a professional organization for OB/GYN doctors statewide and has been active since 1951.

Comments

kevin 2 years, 8 months ago

this crime sure smells like it was targeted at this facility for its being vocal about that bill in the legislature. Where is the ACLU investigation to protect woman's rights? I guess someone paid a lot of money for this man to steal those computers to see what was on them. It doesn't look like a 1-man job

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