Romney staffers robbed last week in San Diego

(CBS News) Last Friday evening, a car holding personal items belonging to two of Mitt Romney's campaign staffers was broken into in downtown San Diego.

According to the police, two laptops, two iPads, one iPod, a briefcase and clothing were taken from the SUV. The break-in occurred between 9:30 and 11:30 p.m.

San Diego Police Department Lieutenant Andra Brown said that the investigation is ongoing, but authorities believe it to be random.

"There's nothing to indicate that these victims were victimized for any reason other than it was a car break in and they had a car," she said.

Romney's personal aide, Garrett Jackson, was among those robbed. Jackson, who is with Romney at almost all times, is privy to and responsible for a great deal of confidential information involving the Romney family, and has been digitally chronically the campaign as well lately. Earlier Tuesday, he tweeted: "Sorry for lack of blogs/tweets the past few days - been busy replacing clothes and my laptop."

Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul says that the burglary was no cause for panic. "The incident was an unfortunate inconvenience for our staffers, but we are not concerned about the release of any sensitive information," wrote Saul in an email.

Password protected iPads in particular are a staple among many of Romney's inner circle staffers. According to a staffer with knowledge of the incident, proper steps were taken to ensure no information was obtainable on any of the electronic devices.

Romney, who owns a home in nearby La Jolla, has been in Southern California for the last four days fundraising, campaigning and collecting endorsements in the Golden State, including from former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, a former Republican Senate candidate, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy yesterday.

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