Security Breach at KRM Management

October 22, 2008 12:09:19 AM PDT
Fresno police say everything from electronics to personal items was taken from a northwest Fresno office. Including a computer with confidential information on more than five thousand city employees ... Like social security numbers.The Fresno police department is working to catch the people who broke into this business and stole two dozen computers, on one of those hard drives ... Social security numbers, birthdates and addresses of thousands of employees.

Fresno police say the burglar alarm never went off last week when the offices of KRM Management were broken into.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said, "The people had to know specifically what they were looking for because the location from where the computers were taken were in a separate room in this particular suite."

Investigators believe the suspects set fire to the business minutes after the break in to try to cover up the crime.

One missing laptop computer is causing the most concern. It contained sensitive and confidential information on close to 5700 city employees who filed worker's comp claims dating back to 1973. Hundreds are or were police officers.

Dyer said, "Fortunately, the computer is password protected. That's not to say that it cannot be breached. But we are conducting a very extensive investigation with our financial crimes unit as well as our burglary detectives. We do have some leads, we do have some physical evidence."

Police are reviewing video surveillance, hoping to get a closer look at who was last entering and leaving the business.

Investigators have not ruled out the possibility the crime was an inside job. KRM is a company hired by the city of Fresno to manage the city's compensation claims.

Those whose identity may have been compromised will be contacted, and they will get free credit monitoring for three months.

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