Reporter under investigation for stealing state documents

Sources say that Jeff Pillets, a Pulitzer Prize nominated investigative reporter for The Record, is being investigated by the New Jersey State Police for allegedly swiping some documents from the Department of Environmental Protection. The alleged theft, which has attracted considerable buzz within political and media circles today, happened while Pillets was reviewing files related to an Open Public Records Act request. Sources say that Pillets later returned the files and was questioned by law enforcement officials.

North Jersey Media Group Vice-President/Editor Frank Scandale declined to confirm or deny any investigation, and referred questions to the state Department of Law and Public Safety. David Wald, a spokesman for Attorney General Anne Milgram, also declined comment. Pillets did not respond to weekend e-mails seeking comment.

Reporter under investigation for stealing state documents