10:00 PM PDT on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

By PAUL LAROCCO
The Press-Enterprise

Riverside’s political elite received a scare this week when the office of a noted fundraiser was burglarized — though police say there’s no evidence he was targeted because of his work.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, someone smashed a window at The Michael Williams Co. at Arlington and Brockton avenues and attempted to break into an adjacent dentist’s office. A nail salon and Williams’ former office, located in the same complex, were not damaged.

Williams, who has helped clients raise more than $1 million in local elections, reported a laptop computer as the only item stolen. He told detectives it contained no sensitive information, just computer games.

“Obviously, based on the nature of this, there was a concern he was the object of a political attack; shades of Watergate,” Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz said Tuesday. “We found that there’s no evidence of that.”

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