Bank records stolen from Commerce Department employee's car

Associated Press

ST. PAUL -- Procedures used by the Minnesota Department of Commerce for handling information outside its offices are under review following the theft of confidential bank records from a state employee's car.

The two boxes of files taken were related to a routine regulatory examination of the First State Bank of Rosemount and Ridgedale State Bank in Minnetonka, the department said Wednesday.

The files contained lists of customers who had overdrawn checking accounts, overdue loans and larger certificates of deposit, the department said. About 360 customers were affected, mostly commercial accounts, said Commerce Department spokesman Bill Walsh.

Department officials said they doubt the stolen information could lead to unauthorized account withdrawals or other financial harm. However, the banks were notifying customers and will closely monitor the affected accounts, Walsh said.

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