Two suspects were caught on surveillance camera using a coat hanger to steal money orders and rent checks from a west side apartment complex drop box.
The incident occurred at Waterford Pointe Apartments at 5750 Feder Road, according to the Columbus Division of Police.
It’s unknown know how many checks and money orders were stolen, police said.
The two men were dressed in all black and appear to be in their 20’s, police said.
So, how can thieves use stolen checks that are made out to an apartment complex?
“What they do is it’s called washing and they can wash off the front of the check and re-put the information on it that they want so if it’s made out to the apartment complex. They can wash that off and they have a chemical that does that and then they put in a company name or someone else’s name and then they deposit those checks in another name to someone else,” Detective Bruce Beard said.
Beard said the men could face one felony for each check.
“If they use the checks or deposit the checks they can be charged with another felony,” Beard said.
Anyone with information the suspects is asked to call Det. Edmundson in CPD’s Burglary Unit at 614-645-2077 or firstname.lastname@example.org.