Thousands of employees' personal information stolen

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by Casey James

azfamily.com

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 6 at 7:34 AM

PHOENIX -- Phoenix-based company Republic Services is on damage control after a laptop was stolen during a home burglary of one of its employees.

The burglary happened August 10 in the Phoenix area.

It was reported the laptop contained thousands of employees' personal information, which could affect more than 82,000 employees.

“I have not heard anything about it so far, “ said Ramiro Hernandez, a driver for the company of 10 years.

He says he is concerned after learning it's possible his family's personal information is out there for anyone to see.

“That's scary,“ he said.

Hernandez told 3TV he didn’t understand why so much important information was on a single computer.

“That's a lot of information to be singled out in one computer, “ said Hernandez.

Republic Services released a statement saying, “At this time, there is no information to indicate any improper access to or misuse of the information contained on the stolen laptop."

Republic Services says they are currently notifying both current and former employees about the incident.

The multi-billion dollar waste management company added, "Republic has taken numerous steps to protect the security of the personal information of affected individuals, including providing credit monitoring."

A theft report has been filed with Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department and an investigation is under way.

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