Boxes and boxes containing U.S. Army officers' and recruits' personal information -- including medical records, social security numbers, and life insurance policies -- were found next to a dumpster behind the Town Shops in Margate.
Local 10 made the discovery near the U.S. Army Recruiting Office which is in the shopping center.
"Wow! Look at all this information," said Gloria Love, who works at a hair salon in the Town Shops.
Love said the materials, which had not been shredded, were sitting next to the dumpster for three days before Local 10 came.
"Can you imagine if the wrong person got a hold of this," Love told Weinsier.
The documents found included:
- Hundreds of names, social security numbers, addresses, and phone numbers.
- Copies of social security cards and passports.
- Medical records with doctor's notes attached.
- Life insurance policy information, which included policy numbers and social security number attached.
- Police record checks with the personal information of enlisted army personnel
- A booklet titled, "Standard Operating Procedure, Security Program for the U.S. Army Second Recruiting Brigade."
Local 10's Jeff Weinsier decided to take the most sensitive materials and return them.
Among the materials tossed was the entire disciplinary file of Staff Sergeant Paul Dumervil. It included information about his divorce, counseling and behavioral issues.
"I'm actually shaking right now. I can't actually believe it," said Dumervil.
Dumervil immediately got on the phone to call his superiors, who told him not to talk to Local 10.
"I'm a victim of this," Dumervil said while on the phone.
Weinsier handed the file to Dumervil's sister after he took off in disgust.
Local 10 also found Staff Sergeant Brian Schultz. A copy of his passport, driver's license, life insurance policy, vehicle title and registration information were all in the boxes.
"Just shocked. Surprised," said Schultz.
Tattoo artist Ray Rath said he went over to the U.S. Army Recruiting Office three times to express his concerns.
"We were told they were going to come pick it up," said Rath.
But no one ever did.
Watch Local 10 News at 11 p.m. Thursday to hear the U.S. Army's response to the discovery.