Tenants say rent checks stolen from Mishawaka apartment complex drop box
MISHAWAKA, Ind. – On Tuesday, a robo call was made to residents who live at the Addison on Main Apartments in Mishawaka.
“We are having to temporarily close the rent drop box. All forms of payment will need to be made online or in the office,” a voicemail said.
One tenant who wishes to remain anonymous told ABC57 that her check was swiped from the complex’s drop box over Labor Day weekend.
She says employees told her multiple checks were taken.
The resident said she had to go to the bank and stop the payment on the check and open a new checking account out of fear that her bank routing number, account number and address were in the hands of a thief.
ABC57 caught up with a resident walking to a nearby convince store. He also wished to remain anonymous, but he says his mother uses the rent drop box to submit their monthly payment too.
“When I go with her to deliver it, I see people outside and I be like are you sure you just want to put it in the drop box, cause you can just reach in there and take it.”
He says he didn’t hear about the possible theft, and he's unsure if his mother’s rent check was stolen.
Director of Communications for the Gene B. Glick Company, Kit Werbe released this statement to ABC57:
“We are aware that our drop box at the Addison on Main Apartments was recently vandalized. We are communicating with residents about the situation and we are working to identify stolen rent checks. We are helping affected residents to file police reports with the Mishawaka Police Department. While this is the first time that Addison on Main’s drop box has been targeted, vandals have been tampering with drop boxes for some time across greater South Bend. This particular drop box is now sealed and we will assess future use of it. In the meantime, residents should pay their rent online, by mail or in person at the leasing office”
ABC57 reached out to Mishawaka Police for more information on the stolen checks and how many people may have been targeted, but has not received a response.