Several Clintonville residents reported fraud involving stolen checks late last month.
A man told Columbus police he mailed a birthday card with a check for $350 to his son in Oregon via the mailboxes behind the Beechwold Post Office, 4364 N. High St., around July 21. The man said he received an alert from his bank July 27 that the check had been cashed for $1,000. The victim said the check had been altered to be payable to another person.
A resident of the 600 block of East Beaumont Road told police July 24 she had mailed a check from a neighborhood mailbox to pay a bill, but the check was stolen, altered and cashed for $3,500.
A resident of the 400 block of Garden Road said his bank contacted him July 26 about possible fraudulent activity on his checking account. The victim told police he had written two checks to pay bills, but they were stolen, altered and cashed after he mailed them at a post office.
A man who lives in the 4200 block of Indianola Avenue reported he received a call July 26 from a Minnesota bank about fraudulent checks written from his account. The checks, which were not cashed, together were written for more than $6,000, police reports said.
Two residents of an apartment in the 3400 block of Indianola Avenue told police they were checking online financial statements July 28 when they noticed a check they did not write had been cashed on the account.
Finally, a man who lives in the 200 block of Blenheim Road reported July 31 that three checks had been stolen, altered and cashed for $500 each.
In other recent Clintonville police reports:
* An officer was dispatched July 28 to the 500 block of East Dunedin Road on a report of social-media harassment.
The victim told the officer she has received more than 100 unwanted Facebook messages from the suspect, who has created multiple accounts to circumvent attempts to block the messages. The victim also said the suspect has been to her home without an invitation.
The officer spoke to the suspect at his residence and he reportedly agreed to cut off contact with the victim.
* Two residents of the first block of Tibet Road told police someone broke into their home between noon and 4:07 p.m. July 29 and stole a variety of items, including two TVs worth $2,000 and $1,100, a laptop computer valued at $600, watches worth $200 and $150 and a handbag worth $100.
A door sustained $500 in damage during the break-in, reports said.
* A man told police his car was stolen from the 200 block of Broad Meadows Boulevard between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. July 25.
The vehicle is valued at $4,000. Items inside the car included a pair of shoes worth $250, clothes worth $300 and a machete valued at $30, as well as legal documents, reports said.
* A motorcycle worth $30,000 reportedly was stolen from the 500 block of East Beechwold Boulevard between 11 p.m. July 24 and 5:22 p.m. July 25.
* A resident of the first block of East Tulane Road told police someone broke into his apartment between 10 p.m. July 29 and 7 a.m. July 30 and stole tools worth $3,050 along with $300 cash.
* Reports said a car worth $30,000 was taken between 7:30 p.m. July 29 and 8 a.m. July 30 while it was parked behind a residence in the 200 block of East Weber Road.
* A woman who lives in the first block of Broad Meadows Boulevard said she and her caregiver had an argument over medication between 9 and 10 p.m. July 26 in the woman's apartment. The victim said her caregiver threw her down on the floor twice, injuring her head and back.
Two days later, the victim complained of a headache and had bruising on her arms and back; she was taken to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, reports said.
* A resident of the 700 block of East Weisheimer Road said a vehicle worth $3,000 was stolen from the property between 4 p.m. July 26 and 3 p.m. July 29.
The man said the suspect also took a spare key to his residence from a vehicle and used it to enter the home, stealing a bucket of coins worth $100.
* A resident of the 100 block of Broad Meadows Boulevard told police her purse was stolen by her guest between 6:30 and 10 p.m. July 27.
The victim said she realized the next day her purse -- containing glasses worth $5, ear buds worth $10 and a cellphone valued at $125 -- was missing from her residence.
* Someone caused $20 in damage to a window screen at a home in the 2200 block of Neil Avenue between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. July 29, but the resident told police it did not appear anyone made entry.
* A man was arrested and taken to the Franklin County jail at 4:39 p.m. July 27 after reportedly being caught by police with a case of beer worth $9 stolen from a business in the 2700 block of North High Street.