MIDWOOD - Officials are warning Brooklyn residents to be careful while donating money to local synagogues.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-48th District) says checks left in the mailboxes of more than 30 synagogues across New York City, half of which are located in Brooklyn, have been stolen.  He says the money was intended for donations, membership dues and charity.

Ronald Weiss, the vice president of Young Israel in Flatbush, says he can not believe money was stolen from the mailbox of his synagogue.

So far Hikind's office says about $385,000 has been stolen in the mail-fraud scheme.