Two arrested in coin laundry burglary

Two men were arrested Friday after allegedly breaking into a laundry room in an effort that netted them $4.50 in quarters, the Hoquiam Police Department said.

Two Hoquiam men, ages 29 and 44, were arrested on second-degree burglary charges, accused of breaking into a locked laundry room in an apartment complex in the 400 block of Queen Avenue.

Police responded at about 7 a.m. Friday to the report of a burglary, a press release stated. A man standing near the laundry room window saw Sgt. Jeremy Mitchell, looked in the window and ran.

Mitchell found the door locked from the inside, looked in through a window and saw the 29-year-old man prying at a laundry machine coin box with a screwdriver.

Mitchell knocked on the window, the man looked up, then opened the door and surrendered.

In addition to the screwdriver, the man also had drug paraphernalia and a crowbar matching pry marks on the door.

“Sgt. Mitchell also found fresh damage to the washing machines with one suffering severe damage with the coin box removed; it appeared Anderson had secured $4.50 in quarters for his efforts,” the press release stated.

As detectives responded to help process the scene, a neighbor reported a man was hiding on his back porch nearby. Mitchell found the man was the same one who had fled earlier. The 44-year-old was apparently acting as lookout, according to the press release.

Both men are held in the Grays Harbor County Jail.


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