Dear NW Firearms, About 3 weeks ago I spotted 2 men rummaging through my recycling bin at night. At first I thought "some poor bums just want the cans to get some chump change" but after they left, I thought about it for a few minutes and realized I think I had thrown some billing papers in there... and they didn't take any of the cans or glass bottles in the small bin next to it. I then got a bit worried and got in my car to try to find them - I figured they'd probably be going through other peoples' bins too. I drove around a bit and didn't find them though. I was going to call the police. I wasn't going to confront them or anything, though I was carrying just for my own protection. So they got away. Then last weekend my credit card was compromised and some unauthorized charges were made on my account. My identity had been stolen. I froze my bank account and went down to the bank yesterday and cleared it all up. I've got a new account number and getting a new debit card. It's all fine now. I'm getting a paper shredder so there won't be anything for a criminal to take in the future. I feel very violated and it's really disheartening to think that a stranger can just come up and take from your garbage/recycling that you put in the street. Common sense would tell me that garbage is legally my property until the garbage truck comes and picks it up, but laws don't always fall in line with common sense. The worst part is that I will never know the location from which the charges on my account were made. Does anyone know what rights I have to confront someone who I catch doing this in the future? Now that I've had my identity stolen, my first thought is to get mad because someone is likely out to steal my identity again. My fear is that someone with a criminal mind is assumed to be armed with a knife at the least, and at worst a gun. I want to know what I am within my right to do when confronting someone who I catch going through my recycling or garbage can. Any advice is much appreciated.