Coin machine stolen from senior center by casual crooks

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — At least three suspects are wanted after two males casually walked into a senior citizen housing facility and walked out with a stolen coin machine.

On October 16, surveillance video captured two of the suspects following two people into the Jaycee Village Senior Center at 5905 Beechcroft Road. Investigators said the suspects went into the laundry room of the multi-tenant apartment building and pried the bill changer coin machine from the wall. They placed the machine in a laundry cart, covering it with their sweatshirts to hide it from view.

The cameras caught the two suspects, now not wearing sweatshirts, causally leaving the building through the same door. One suspect was wheeling a laundry cart out with him.

Investigators said the suspects moved the coin machine into a mid-sized dark pickup truck, driven by a third accomplice.

The two suspects who entered the building are described as white males in their mid-to-late 20s. One suspect was seen entering the building wearing a red hoodie with an applique on the front, black pants and carrying a black bag. He left the building wearing a dark t-shirt. The second suspect was spotted wearing a green camo hoodie with a design on the front and dark pants and shoes. He left wearing a green t-shirt. Investigators said there is no description of the driver.

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest or indictment of the people responsible for this crime.  Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or go to website at www.stopcrime.org to e-mail a tip. Tips can also be sent by text to to “CRIMES” 274637, key word CMH.

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