The New York Police Department has found evidence of a insider data theft committed by a member of staff in the police pension fund, according to reports.
The NYPD has subsequently told thousands of police officers that their personal information may have been compromised, according to reports in the daily newspapers in New York.
Anthony Bonelli, who had served as the pension fund's director of communications, has been arrested for allegedly stealing computer tapes from a Staten Island warehouse that held personal data on 80,000 current and retired police officers, according to the New York Post and other sources.
Bonelli was not authorised to visit the data-storage site, but he managed to sneak in during February and walk out with tapes containing sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, bank account and direct-deposit information, the reports said.
The NYPD has reportedly sent letters to the police officers, warning them to watch for potential identity-theft attempts.