Sebastian police investigating several check washing cases

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SEBASTIAN — Police are investigating several check washing cases that recently occurred in the city.

Sebastian police warned residents to use caution when placing a check in residential or commercial mailboxes to be sent out by the U.S. Postal Service. It was not immediately clear how many victims there were or how much money was stolen from them.

“Check washing is when criminals use chemicals to erase the ink from a check,” police officials said in a statement. “The checks are then generally rewritten and cashed for large sums.”

Anyone who thinks they might be a victim of check washing should contact the police department at 772-589-5233.

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