Used hard disk drive (file photo)
MACON, Ga. -- Sheriff's officials are trying to learn how computer hard drives containing names and Social Security numbers of Macon police officers were sold through an online auction site.
The computer equipment has been turned over to the Bibb County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff's Capt. Mike Smallwood said the probe is in its early stages and likely will take some time because investigators must examine 39 hard drives, two computer servers and two central processing units.
It's not clear why the data was on the computers when they were sold.
Macon police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet said that when the police department gets rid of a computer, it's turned over to the city's Information Technology department, which is supposed to clean the hard drive before it's sold by the city.