Crooks steal rent payments out of Pasco apartment complex drop b - WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta-Aiken News, Weather, Sports

Crooks steal rent payments out of Pasco apartment complex drop boxes

Posted: Updated:
Angelica Shaw and Juan Delgadillo tell Shannon Behnken that someone stole their rent check after they deposited it in their apartment's drop box. Angelica Shaw and Juan Delgadillo tell Shannon Behnken that someone stole their rent check after they deposited it in their apartment's drop box.
PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - If you pay your rent using a drop box, you might want to come up with a new plan for paying.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says a ring of crooks are targeting area apartment complexes and stealing the rent checks right out of the rent boxes. And, if that happens to you, your apartment complex may try to require you to pay the rent again.

Angelica Shaw and her finance, Juan, paid their rent on time, but now they face eviction anyway. That's because after they dropped a money order in bay point apartment's drop box, someone stole it.

"We barely make it as it is," she said. "We can't afford to pay the rent again."

Shaw says she's used the drop box at her Port Richey apartment, Bay Point Apartments for three years and never had a problem. But now, she says apartment management informed her that several rent checks were stolen and she has to repay the money. When she didn't, she found an eviction notice at her door.

"It's horrible, " she said.

Shaw says Bay Point requires tenants to pay with a money order, and she bought hers at Amscot. Employees there were able to track it down. It was cashed, and another name was written in where the apartment name is supposed to be.

Sgt. Justin Ross of the Pasco County Sheriff's office, says Bay Point isn't alone.

"Several citizens or apartment complexes have reported to the sheriff's office that their rent checks have been compromised. We're currently looking at three investigations. there could potentially be more."

Money orders are treated like cash, so there's no way to recover the stolen rent payment. The only recourse for the tenants is to sue the apartment complex, if it tries to evict them. In the meantime, law enforcement recommends renters hand deliver payments, and never use the drop box.

 Don’t miss out on the day’s top Facebook conversations http://on.fb.me/18y81Cl

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Are background checks enough for Florida teachers?

    Are background checks enough for Florida teachers?

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:41 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:41:35 GMT

    In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.

    In an effort to weed out potential perverts, Florida law requires fingerprinting and criminal background checks before school districts hire employees that will have any contact with children.


  • Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

    Pasco mix-up sends registration notices to wrong drivers

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:02:51 GMT
    The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
    The vehicle registration information of hundreds of drivers in Pasco County were sent to the wrong person in a mix-up that led to the firing of a contractor.
  • Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

    Flushable wipes, not so flushable says Tampa's wastewater officials

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:52:20 GMT
    Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.
    Personal wipes, baby wipes, face wipes, flushable wipes. They are all designed to help us deal with delicate issues. But the wipes themselves are actually pretty sturdy and increasingly local water systems are finding they are creating costly problems.
  • NewsMore>>

  • Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken ferry

    Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken ferry

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:53 AM EDT2014-04-20 05:53:03 GMT
    The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is...
    The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose past 50 on Sunday as divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies in what almost certainly is just...
  • Truck flips into Keystone Road pond, one injured

    Truck flips into Keystone Road pond, one injured

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:15 AM EDT2014-04-20 05:15:13 GMT
    A man was injuredSaturday night when he lost control ofa pickup truck and ended up in a pond on Keystone Road.Thedriver of a Ford F-150 pickuptruck was traveling west on Keystone Roadshortly after 7:30 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle in a bend in the road, the Florida HighwayPatrol said.Thetruckspun out, went airborne and flipped twice before itcame to rest partially submerged in the pond.Pinellas County firefighters had to cut awaytheroof of the truck to freethe driver, who wasalone...
    A man was injuredSaturday night when he lost control ofa pickup truck and ended up in a pond on Keystone Road.Thedriver of a Ford F-150 pickuptruck was traveling west on Keystone Roadshortly after 7:30 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle in a bend in the road, the Florida HighwayPatrol said.Thetruckspun out, went airborne and flipped twice before itcame to rest partially submerged in the pond.Pinellas County firefighters had to cut awaytheroof of the truck to freethe driver, who wasalone...
  • 13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

    13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

    Sunday, April 20 2014 1:02 AM EDT2014-04-20 05:02:13 GMT
    Rescuers were digging through piles of snow and ice Saturday for four Sherpa guides buried on Mount Everest when an avalanche swept down the slopes and killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest disaster on...
    Nepal's authorities temporarily halted climbing on Mount Everest while search teams dug through snow and ice Sunday for three Sherpa guides missing in the deadliest avalanche on the world's highest peak that killed...
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

1336 Augusta West Parkway
Augusta, GA 30909

Telephone: 706.722.6664
Email: talkback6@wjbf.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.