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Olive Branch police: Identity thieves searching victims' trash

Police in DeSoto County are looking for several suspects accused of stealing people's identities through their trash. Police in DeSoto County are looking for several suspects accused of stealing people's identities through their trash.

(WMC-TV) - Police in DeSoto County are looking for several suspects accused of stealing people's identities through their trash.

A number of people in Olive Branch have already fallen victim this tax season.

Major Tim Presley with the Olive Branch Police Department said seven people in different areas across the city have reported problems in the last month where their social security number and information had been stolen.

"They went to file a tax return and they were notified by the IRS that their identity had already been used to file taxes, so they were unable to do so," said Presley.

To avoid becoming a victim, Presley is now advising residents to protect their personal documents.

"We want to encourage all citizens to really safeguard their identity by shredding documents," said Presley.

Presley said police have also been getting complaints from people saying that when they put their garbage out on the street, someone is going through it.

"We've had a lot of people getting that bold to go up in people's driveways, and that would definitely be a criminal act," said Presley.

Because identity theft is a federal crime, Presley said it is not only a good idea to tell local officers, but to also notify the IRS.

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