Worthington Division of Police officers believe someone is stealing checks from local mailboxes, and Worthington Libraries is the latest victim.
According to recent reports, someone acquired four Worthington Libraries checks and repurposed them with new payees and amounts. The checks were cashed between Feb. 24 and March 1 at unknown locations in Columbus.
Police believe the case may be linked to others this year in which payroll checks have been stolen from mailboxes and repurposed in a similar fashion.
According to reports, the four checks were forged for $700 to $900 each, totaling about $3,500. The checks were cashed over the weekend, giving the suspects multiple days before the checks were flagged.
The Columbus Division of Police also is looking into the incident.
In other recent incident reports from Worthington police:
* A 25-year-old man reportedly punched a 22-year-old man twice in the face after a misunderstanding.
According to reports, the 25-year-old thought the man had said something offensive, and hit him twice in the face at a restaurant on the 7200 block of North High Street on the afternoon of March 5.
When the 22-year-old explained that he had not said anything offensive, the man "took responsibility" for the incident and admitted to police what had happened, the report said.
The 22-year-old declined to press charges.
* A vehicle was reported stolen from a hotel parking lot on the first block of East Wilson Bridge Road on the evening of March 2.
* Several owners reported having their vehicles broken into during the first week of March.
Incidents were reported on the 7000 block of Worthington-Galena Road, the 600 block of West Wilson Bridge Road and the 600 block of West Dublin-Granville Road.