Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Car Wash Thieves Make a Clean Get-Away, for Now

We have all heard of thieves causing more financial damage to property during a theft than the value of the items they took. A good example of this is destroying walls in a home under construction to access copper wiring worth a few dollars. We had a case like this recently, except instead of copper, the target was quarters.

Sometime over night from 9/19/11 to 9/20/11 the collection boxes of five coin-operated machines at one of our local car washes was targeted. The face plates where coins are deposited and wash selections are made were pried open causing over $17,000 in damage. The value of the stolen coins is estimated at far below the cost of repairing just one of the five damaged units.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Overland Park Police Department at 913-344-8750, or the TIPS HOTLINE at 816-474-TIPS.