Crime Stoppers: Change Machine Vandalized, LOTS of cash Stolen
In this week's case, the bad guy went to an awful lot of violent effort for coins and probably small bills, but these machines can hold a lot of money and this place was vacant after a certain hour. Now, we have honest Crime Stoppers reward cash if you can help identify him.
We have featured coin laundries in Crime Stoppers before. Usually though, they are businesses that are open 24-hours. In this case, in Hixson, a number of measures are in place to provide a little security, overnight: locks on the doors, cages around the front desk, and half a dozen security cameras, too. None of this stopped the guy we are looking for.
It was the middle of the night, the beginning of this week. Chattanooga Police Officer Mark Frazer picks up the story. "They try to close down around midnight and some people, possibly, or the suspect managed prop the door or fix the door so he can get in here after that time," he explained.
Surveillance video shows him going to work on his victim which was one of the change machines. "He's got a little bag that's all set up, he's got what appears to be a tire iron he used to really do some damage to this coin changer," Off. Frazer continued. "From the video it's all him. He really spends a good 10 minutes banging away. These are built pretty sturdy, but he with his tire iron managed to break through."
The machine's absence on the day we visited suggests it was sent to the trash heap. The bad guy, on the other hand, fled with his bag full of quarters and whatever paper money customers had exchanged. While our video shows what happened, we never get a good clear look at this guy's face. "Unfortunately not, but it is a good look at this individual. If you know somebody who's in this kind of behavior, you recognize him. I mean, it's good video. You can clearly see this individual. Can't make out any really distinguishing characteristics, but somebody knows him," added Frazer. "If you're a landlord and your tenant pays you and all quarters this month then maybe that's a clue."
If you have any idea who caused such destruction at the Hixson Coin Laundry and got away with cash and coins, we have honest money for your information. Up to $1,000 is on the table. Call Crime Stoppers: 698-3333
If you get voicemail, leave a way for Off. Frazer to get back with you. He will have questions, but he will never ask your name or who you are.