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Thieves caught on video using coat hanger to steal rent money from drop box


TWO MEN BREAKING INTO A WEST SIDE APARTMENT COMPLEX STEALING MONEY ORDERS AND RENT CHECKS. TONIGHT POLICE NEED YOUR HELP TRACKING THEM DOWN. MARK: NBC 4’S ELYSE CHENGERY IS LIVE TONIGHT AT THE WATCH 4 ALERT DESK – WITH THE VIDEO YOU HAVE TO SEE. ELYSE? ELYSE: THIS AFTERNOON COLUMBUS POLICE RELEASED SURVEILLANCE VIDEO FROM THE APARTMENT COMPLEX. THEY’RE HOPING SOMEONE WILL RECOGNIZE BOTH MEN.. OR AT LEAST THE ONE WHO LOOKS DIRECTLY INTO THE CAMERA. TAKE A LOOK. ELYSE: POLICE SAY THESE TWO MEN USED A COAT HANGER TO BREAK INTO THE DROP BOX AT THE WATERFORD POINTE APARTMENTS ON FEDER ROAD. THERE’S NO WORD ON THE EXACT AMOUNT OF CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS THAT WERE STOLEN. POLICE SAY THE MEN APPEAR TO BE IN THEIR 20’S. BOTH WERE WEARING BLACK JACKETS AND BASEBALL CAPS. POLICE SAY EVEN THOUGH THE CHECKS ARE MADE OUT TO AN APARTMENT COMPLEX, THE THIEVES CAN STILL USE THEM. DETECTIVE BRUCE BEARD/COLUMBUS POLICE DEPARTMENT: “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.” ELYSE: IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE MEN IN THAT VIDEO – POLICE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. WE HAVE A PHONE NUMBER AND AN EMAIL ADDRESS LISTED ON OUR WEBSITE. JUST GO TO NBC4-I-DOT COM – YOU’LL SEE THE STORY RIGHT THERE ON OUR HOME PAGE. LOCAL 4 YOU AT THE WATCH 4 ALERT DESK – ELYSE CHENGERY – NBC4.

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