By Andrew Ryan and John R. Ellement, Globe Staff
The burglary and two arrests at Mitt Romney's North End campaign headquarters this morning do not appear to be the work of covert political operatives trying to thwart Romney’s presidential bid.
Police arrived at the building on Commercial Street at 1 a.m. and stopped a blue Toyota Camry leaving a parking lot. When the suspects opened the car doors, two open bottles of Budweiser tumbled to the ground, according a police report. Inside the car, officers found two crowbars and a single Macintosh laptop commuter that had allegedly been stolen from an office at the campaign.
"There is no indication this was politically motivated," said Eric Fehrnstrom, a Romney spokesman.
One of the men who was arrested -- Michael J. Sauer, 30 -- identified himself as a political independent on his voter registration, public records show. The second suspect, Daniel J. Bradley, 28, is not registered to vote in Massachusetts, records show. Bradley has six outstanding warrants for crimes that include possession of narcotics and breaking and entering, police said.
The men, who both live in Cambridge, were arraigned this morning in Boston Municipal Court. Wearing hooded sweatshirts, both men tried to shield their faces from the crush of reporters that covered the hearing. They were charged with breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony and possession of burglar tools.
It was the second burglary at the building since September, when thieves stole seven laptop computers and their docking stations and a 37-inch plasma television, the personal property of Spencer Zwick, the candidate's finance manager and close personal adviser. At the time, the campaign also said the break-in was not connected to Romney's presidential bid.
It does not appear that the two break-ins are connected, police said.
This morning a security guard monitoring surveillance cameras at the campaign headquarters called 911 at 12:53 a.m. He told police he saw two men stealing a computer in a rear office of the building at 585 Commercial Street, according to a police report. Police found pry marks on window in the side and the rear of the building.
Fehrnstrom praised want he called the rapid response of Boston police.