POLICE BEAT

Sorry, but the check is not in the mail

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Ever feel like there’s no money left over after paying bills? Ever wonder where your checks go after you stick them in the mail?

A Kappock Street resident wondered that, too, until a few weeks ago.

A 70-year-old woman got a call from her bank July 29 about some of her checks that were cashed, according to police. And it seems that it wasn’t the electric company that got the money.

Instead, it seems somebody got their hands on the woman’s checks, changed the payee name and the amount, and took them to a check-cashing service, according to police. The names on the purloined payments were strangers to the victim.

The suspects got away with $1,750 of the woman’s money, according to a report.

The case is under investigation by the detective squad.

 

Vanishing purse

Most thieves force their way into a vehicle, usually by smashing a window. But police said one hooligan got what they wanted seemingly without much fuss.

A woman told police she walked to her Jeep Grand Cherokee parked on the 5200 block of Arlington Avenue on Aug. 26 around 5:30. She found some of her stuff missing, although there was no sign of forced entry.

The vehicle, police added, was locked.

The victim reported a loss of credit and debit cards, a wallet, and a purse — all valued by police at about $140.

 

Lock ‘em or lose ‘em

One perp is packing some plastic after absconding with a lady’s purchasing power.

The woman reported to police someone got into her unlocked 2010 Dodge Ram just before 10 a.m., on Aug. 25, and took some of her stuff.

The thief took four credit cards, three bank cards, a Veterans Affairs employee card, and a driver’s license.

Detectives are investigating.