What happened? A thief broke into the licensing office of the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists and stole a safe. The safe contained personal information, but the type was not specified.
How many affected people? Every person licensed since 1986, including manicurists and aestheticians. The total number was not reported, but officials estimate in the thousands.
What was the response? The Attorney General’s office advises victims to file a police report and get a free credit report. The board also plans to notify victims.
Details: Police said surveillance cameras were rolling but did not capture the thief, who left little evidence behind.
Source: “State hairstylists fall victims to ID theft,” Aug. 21, The State (W.V) Journal.