SC mental health worker’s laptop stolen in Rock Hill

A state-issued laptop was stolen along with several other items from a car in Rock Hill on Thursday, police say.

The laptop, a cell phone, a Wi-Fi hotspot device and other items were taken from a parked car that may have been left unlocked, according to a Rock Hill police report. The laptop belonged to a 31-year-old clinical therapist who works in the Spartanburg Area Mental Health office, a location overseen by the state department of mental health.

Officials with the South Carolina department of mental health say they do not believe any confidential medical information will be accessible on the stolen laptop.

The laptop is used to upload patient information to a secure network via the Internet, said Mark Binkley with the department in Columbia. As a security feature, Binkley said, any information on the laptop is encrypted to keep unauthorized users from gaining access.

Binkley says the department of mental health employee used the laptop on her job as a school-based counselor.

She reported the laptop and other items as stolen to the Rock Hill Police Department early Friday morning after returning home from visiting with family in Rock Hill, according to the police report. Detectives are investigating the car break-in.