Gainesville thieves target rent checks in drop boxes

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Police in Gainesville are warning apartment residents to think twice about leaving their rent checks in drop boxes.

The Gainesville Sun reports thieves have stolen at least 30 rent checks from apartment complex drop boxes this week.

Spokesman Ben Tobias says there are no signs of forced entry to the boxes, so it appears thieves are using a tool to reach inside and take the checks. He says people should also be cautious about dropping checks in door slots.

Tobias says once the thieves get the checks, the sometimes alter and cash them.

He advises renters to hand deliver any payments directly to the office staff. Meanwhile, police have increased overnight patrols in the areas where the checks have been taken.


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