Englewood urges residents to take caution after utility bill box broken into

Checks stolen from drop box at Englewood Civic Center

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Englewood police are investigating an incident where the utility bill payment drop box outside of the Englewood Civic Center was broken into, and city staff encouraged residents to contact their banks to void or cancel checks that may be involved.

Over a weekend in mid-March, the drop box on the east side of 1000 Englewood Parkway — the city hall, northeast of Hampden Avenue and Santa Fe Drive — was broken into, Englewood police said in a March 14 tweet.

“The box was checked at 10:30 a.m. on Friday and then was rechecked at 7:30 a.m. this morning. Staff found the box to be pried open” and then called police, Englewood police tweeted on Monday, March 14.

Police also wrote that “in an abundance of caution” the city recommends that customers of Englewood utilities who made a payment that weekend using that drop box should take steps to void any checks that were put in the box.

For those affected, the city is providing extra time to make payments.

“The city is working with customers affected by this theft and are waiving all fees and providing additional time to make payments as needed on a case-by-case basis,” said Christopher Harguth, city spokesperson.

Customers should call the city Utilities Department at 303-762-2635 with any questions, police tweeted.

As of March 21, the case had been assigned to the Englewood police investigations unit and police personnel were working to identify the suspect or suspects involved, according to Harguth.

“The incident was captured on surveillance, and the investigations bureau is reviewing it,” Harguth said.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Englewood Police Department at 303-761-7410, police tweeted.

All items in the box were stolen, and as of March 21, it was unknown how many checks were inside, according to Harguth.

Asked whether Englewood residents are at risk of money being stolen from their bank accounts, Harguth said members of the public “should always take measures to protect themselves from fraud or identity theft by monitoring accounts and credit reports.”

Those who may be affected by the check theft “are encouraged to contact their banks,” Harguth added. “Again, fraud and identity theft monitoring is always recommended.”

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