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Series of break-ins reported at congressional offices

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It's hardly Watergate, but someone has broken into a number of congressional offices in the past few months.

Monday, California Congressman Elton Gallegly became the latest victim.

"It's a mystery, because there is no place more secure," said Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, (D - District of Columbia), of the case.

Since early April, someone has been prowling the halls after hours and breaking into the offices of several representatives in the Longworth and Rayburn buildings on Capitol Hill.

The break-ins has some House staffers a little off balance.

"It's an unusual occurrence, I would say. But I don't feel unsafe. The Capitol police do a great job," House Staffer Tom Saunders said.

The suspect(s) have taken some electronic equipment. But mostly, police say, they have been taking bottles of alcohol and memorabilia.

One of the targets was the officer of North Carolina Congressman Mike McIntyre, located right across the hall from Norton's office.

"They are getting too close for comfort," Norton added.

Security is tight in the building, so police have no idea how anyone is pulling off these crimes. The offices are open during the day to anyone who wants to visit their congressman.

Tom Gregg of Kansas was at the building Wednesday to do just that. He's shocked by what's happened.

"You would think people would have the respect to leave our representatives' property alone;" Gregg said.

Norton added, "So far, we've kept the terrorists from getting in; let's see if we can keep the thieves from getting in as well..."

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