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Bexley: CSG accountant discovers check fraud

The Columbus School for Girls, 56 S. Columbia Ave., recently reported multiple incidents of check fraud, according to Bexley police.

On April 11, the school's accountant told police she had received a phone call from one of its banks, informing her that fraudulent checks may be being cashed. Upon further investigation, she determined that 14 different checks for more than $14,800 had been cashed at multiple banks from April 1 to April 10.

She said the checks were from a book the school hadn't begun using yet.

A travel agent in the 2000 block of East Main Street also became a victim of fraud when her email account was hacked and used to book $5,852 worth of airline tickets under her name. She told police April 15 that just two tickets out of a handful were redeemed and the rest were voided.

On April 13, a resident in the 800 block of Park Drive East discovered someone had been writing checks under his name to pay $741 in utility and phone bills from Jan. 8 through April 8. According to the report, the checks were counterfeit and did not match those belonging to the victim.

In other recent Bexley police reports:

* Two mountain bikes reported to be worth $700 were stolen April 14 from a garage in the 300 block of South Roosevelt Avenue. The homeowner told police there were no signs of forced entry into the garage, but the keypad used to enter it had been broken.

* Another garage was targeted April 16. A resident of the 200 block of Stanwood Road reported someone entered through an open door and took a 13-inch chain saw valued at $100.

* Three copper downspouts were reported stolen from the 40 block of Ashbourne Road April 14. The homeowner told police the value of the pipes was unknown.

* On April 12, $80 cash, a debit card, shoes and a gym bag were reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the 2000 block of East Main Street. Again on April 16, police took a report of theft from an unlocked vehicle, which was parked in the 800 block of South Roosevelt Avenue. The owner told police a pair of Oakley sunglasses valued at $200 were missing.

* It wasn't easy to steal a cell phone valued at $400 from a car parked in the 800 block of Chelsea Avenue April 13. Police reported the vehicle's passenger side window had been smashed and the door's lock was damaged.