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North Ridgeville: Men swipe $800 in quarters from car wash

12:05 PM, Jun 25, 2013   |    comments
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NORTH RIDGEVILLE -- North Ridgeville police have released a surveillance video of two men manipulating the change machine at a car wash in order to steal hundreds of dollars worth of quarters.

According to police, the men arrived at the car wash on Center Ridge Road just after 10:30 p.m. on June 11. Det. Patrick West told WKYC the men used a bill attached to a string to keep the machine dispensing money.

Police estimate the two men took $800 in quarters from the car wash. The entire process took just 10 minutes. Detective West says the two were efficient and worked as a team with one working the machine and the other taking the money back to the vehicle.

"I don't believe they were using a $1 bill because they would have had to insert the bill 800 times in 10 minutes to get $800, so it appears they may be using a $10 or $20 bill to carry out this theft," said Det. West.

The surveillance video clearly shows the men's faces. In addition, one of the men has distinctive tattoos on his leg.  The men were driving a late model, white Chrysler 300 with a moon roof and Ohio license plates.

Det. West says the men may find it tough to stay anonymous for long. "These two gentlemen are going to have a tough time explaining that they weren't there."

Anyone with information on the identities of the men should contact North Ridgeville Police.


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