Traveling car dealer leaves intact personal documents in Norwich dumpster

NORWICH – A local woman is working closely with the New York State Attorney General’s Office after discovering garbage bags of unshredded, legible personal documents that were tossed in a dumpster in Norwich.

On July 21, Dona Olsen, owner of Little Mews Rescue, stumbled across the bags in a dumpster she rents out back of her location in the North Plaza in Norwich. Curious and frustrated as to why her dumpster was filling so quickly, Olsen took bags of garbage out of her dumpster that she believed were put there by another tenant.

Through the clear garbage bags on the top of the pile, Olsen said she couldn’t believe what she saw: Intact personal documents with names, addresses, social security numbers and credit information left there by a traveling car dealership based in the Rochester area. The dealership had temporarily set up shop at the North Plaza last month.

“I saw paperwork in there, so I opened it up and saw a list of cars and that kind of stuff,” Olsen said. “On one paper, there was the name of someone who was buying a car with their address ... I didn’t think that kind of information should be in the garbage. It had their social security number, their birthday, where they work, how much money they made – you name it, everything about them.”

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