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UPDATE:Trotwood Apartment Complex Lets Residents Stay
TROTWOOD -- Fourteen people who live at the Woodland Hills apartment complex in Trotwood may not get evicted after all.
Their money orders or cashiers checks were stolen out of the drop box in May and the landlord was making them pay double, so they contacted ABC 22/FOX 45.
We finally got some answers from the property manager who says they are now going to waive those May payments as long as people have proof they tried to stop those payments. Also, they can't have any other fees on their account.
Police are still investigating the crime.
TROTWOOD -- People who live in the Woodland Hills Apartments in Trotwood want answers after they received eviction notices for not paying their rent, even though they say they did.
Their checks were stolen from the complex's overnight drop box. The residents feel like they shouldn't have to pay double, but management is requiring them to or face eviction.
"It made me feel pressed up against the wall, because no, I don't have it to just pay double rent," said one resident who didn't want to show her identity.
She's been living at the complex for more than a year.
"I found out about two weeks after I paid my rent, I received a note on my door, notice to vacate and after calling and speaking to the office manager I was told the reason I was given that was for non payment," she explained. "I said ridiculous, I paid you, I have a copy of my stub I was asked to bring a copy of my stub, I did so, at that time I was told there were several people's rent stolen."
Capt. John Porter with Trotwood Police says more than a dozen money orders and cashier checks were stolen in May and a police report was filed. All but two of them paid with money orders. Police then traced those money orders and found the paid to order name was scratched out, endorsed illegally and cashed in different cities. It's now a multi-state investigation.
"They were cashed on different dates, one was cashed on May 16 and one was cashed on May 20," the resident told our reporter, Annette Peagler.
A police report shows the complex has security looking over the property every night from midnight to 8 a.m. and has security cameras, but there is still no evidence as to who stole those checks.
Peagler went to the leasing office to try to get the tenants some answers, but the property manager was not in and the leasing agent kicked her off the property and called police. Many of the tenants, who did not want to go on camera, say they've tried to get answers from management and keep getting the runaround. With time ticking, they are hoping they can work something out, before they run out of options.
"The honorable thing to do will be to forgive the debt, because it was put into their night drop, it was received, there's proof it was paid, I fulfilled my obligation," the resident said.
Capt. Porter says as far as the rent payments, it's a civil matter between the apartment complex and residents and the police can't do anything legally. Porter says it's still an open investigation and detectives are working with the other states to find out who stole those checks.
As far as help for the residents, we plan to follow up with the apartment's corporate office on Monday.
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