ATLANTA -- 11Alive News is investigating who dumped sensitive documents behind a bank on West Paces Ferry Road.
A concerned citizen called our newsroom after seeing paperwork blowing out of an open, collapsible dumpster behind First Citizens Bank.
Elizabeth Newsom was walking to a grocery store and said she walked over for a closer look. That just made her angry.
"It's disgraceful that someone would leave personal information out here for anyone and everyone to look at. What if someone uses it for identity theft?" Newsom said.
The documents appeared to be from a local real estate agency and contained tax ID numbers, along with copies of personal checks with bank account numbers on them.
11Alive News contacted Atlanta Police and officers appeared within minutes to secure the documents. They will be kept under lock and key in the department's property division.
The name on the dumped real estate signs and most of the paperwork is Dorsey Alston Realtors.
Spalding White, a broker with Dorsey Alston Realtors, said the company had offices on the second and third floors at 79 West Paces Ferry, but moved out in March.
He believes the documents belong to an agent at Dorsey Alston Realtors.
"I don't know how those got into a dumpster because when we were moving out, we told our agents to collect their files. Anything left we gave to a shredding company," said White.
Chris Berg with First Citizens said the bank bought the building October 1st and hired a cleaning company. That may be who found the paperwork and dumped it out with the other trash.
Interestingly, as we were making calls about the ditched documents, two men showed up with pickups and took away what was left in the collapsible dumpster.
When we asked who hired them, they would not tell us. They said they had just been called to take it all away. The big question is how long was that personal information sitting outside in the first place.