Lake County surveyor: Raid didn't stop service

2012-06-06T17:30:00Z 2013-12-28T21:27:42Z Lake County surveyor: Raid didn't stop serviceBy Bill Dolan, (219) 662-5328

CROWN POINT | Lake County Surveyor George Van Til said his office was up and rebooted one day after Tuesday's FBI raid.

Federal and state law enforcement officers removed office desktop computers and other devices in addition to large amounts of paper documents under a search warrant issued from U.S. District Court in Hammond.

Mary Hatton, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney, declined Wednesday to discuss what investigators are looking for. Van Til said Tuesday he also had no idea of what the investigation was targeting.

He issued a news statement Wednesday stating, "On Wednesday, the computer towers that had been removed were returned to the surveyor's office and put back in production at their respective desks."

The surveyor also insisted his office, which provides oversight of flood-control projects and maintains an archive of geographic data, never completely closed Tuesday.

"The Lake County surveyor's office, while briefly unable to attend to customers on Tuesday, June 5 was not in any way shut down or incapable of providing normal daily service.

"Even though some computers were removed from the office yesterday, the server housing the countywide GIS was in full function and uninterrupted and remains so," he said, referring to the $5.1 million Geographic Information System, a computer-based interactive county map.

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