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Social Security Numbers Stolen from Auto Dealership

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RICHLAND, Wash.--The owner of Bart's Auto Den says the robbery occurred some time between the evening of July 30th and the following morning. Along with keys to vehicles both sold and on the property, thieves managed to break into locked cabinets containing social security numbers of at least 30 customers.

Richland police say businesses cannot be held responsible if sensitive information is stolen.

"As far as criminally, no, there's not a criminal violation that the police would be involved in as far as the investigation," says Richland Police Detective Sgt. Jeff Taylor. Obviously, if there's an identity theft situation, we would be involved in the investigation.

The owner told me he has taken a proactive approach to this incident by calling customers and even writing them letters. Security measures were in place at the time of the robbery, but security itself is never guaranteed.

"It may be a security breach with a business or awhile back, the United States military had computers that showed up missing so, you never know where your information is gonna be compromised," says Taylor.