The source of the theft was a public records request from a man with a grudge against the Kirkland Police Department, a former employer of Chief Caldwell, in the 1990’s. At the time, certain personal information was not redacted as it is now. This information was posted on the internet. The information came into the hands of a local criminal with a history of forgery, theft and drug addiction.
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If you become a victim of ID theft you can have trouble with your credit and with bills that the ID thieves have created in your name.
To minimize the damage to your credit, you need to act in a timely manner. Here are the steps you need to take according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):
1. Place an initial fraud alert with one of the three credit reporting companies.
2. Order credit reports.
3. Create an Identity Theft Report.
The FTC has an online checklist that helps you through the steps to complete these actions:
To prevent ID theft, here are some resources that can help:
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office “Partners in Crime Prevention”-
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Identity Theft Tip Sheet-
National Crime Prevention Council ID Theft Prevention Tips-