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Police: Tallahassee man stole nearly $6K worth of rent checks

He then deposited the checks into his account
Posted at 12:47 PM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 12:54:18-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A Tallahassee man has been arrested after police say he broke into a local property management agency to steal nearly $6,000 in rent checks and money orders.

According court documents, Tallahassee Police responded to Tally Property Management on Delta Way in regards to a possible burglary on New Years Day.

When police arrived on scene, they found a crowbar on the floor in front of the door and multiple checks on the ground.

On Feb. 5, police responded to a second burglary at the same location. Police say an employee had informed them that several tenants reported their rent checks and money orders had been stolen during both of the burglaries.

During the investigation, police were able to obtain copies of the checks that revealed the payee name had been changed from Tally Property Management to "Eddie Shular." Police say none of the victims knew a person by that name and stated they didn't have permission to alter or deposit the checks.

According to court documents, the suspect had stolen nearly $6,000 in checks and money orders. After reviewing the checks, officers contacted fraud investigators for SunTrust Bank. Investigators found that one of the checks had been deposited at the Betton Hills SunTrust on Thomasville Road.

SunTrust also provided security video from the ATM showing the transaction, along with account information for 30-year-old Eddie Shular.

During the investigation, police also found that Bank of America, Regions Bank, and Capital City Bank all sustained losses due to Shular fraudulently depositing these checks to his personal SunTrust account.

According to documents, Shular was arrested and transported to the Leon County Detention Center on Thursday. He is facing a series of charges including, grand theft, organized fraud and bank fraud.