Break-in at offices with Leland Yee case files leaves lawyer with questions 

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  • An FBI agent wheels boxes of material from the office of Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, at the state Capitol on March 26.
The facility holding much of the evidence in the state Sen. Leland Yee corruption trial was broken into in late May, according to one of the lawyers in the case and a police report. Nothing was taken from the Colour Drop offices at 727 Van Ness Ave., which police responded to after an alarm was sounded May 25 around 6:30 a.m.

Officers found a broken window but little else, including no suspect when they arrived at the scene. When a representative from the company arrived, the representative said it appeared nothing had been taken.

The police report never mentions the Yee materials being in possession of document-management firm Colour Drop, which did not return a call for comment.

The circumstances of the break-in, said Curtis Briggs, who represents Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow in the case, suggests that there may have been an ulterior motive.

“I think that there is information in there which I haven’t been privy to yet ... that’s incriminating to politicians and I think that politicians want access to that information before elections so they can either use it against their enemies or protect themselves,” he said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI did not return calls for comment.

But Briggs said it doesn’t appear they are taking this break-in seriously.

“Given that this is the corruption scandal of a lifetime, why wouldn’t you want to investigate a break-in like this accordingly?” he said. “This is potentially something that would be a massive red flag that they need to check into this. Who was trying to take it is the bigger issue here.”

The break-in was first reported by the San Francisco Appeal.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

Jonah Owen Lamb

Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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