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Laundromat break-in caught on camera

Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 06:49 PM EDT

By Rich Pierce 

September 30, 2013 

East Liverpool, OH

Police in East Liverpool are investigating after two thieves walked away with a laundromat coin machine last week.

It happened at the East End Wash and Dry in the middle of the afternoon on Sept. 23.

Bill Emerick’s aunt owns the business. He works there and checks on the security system often. He was in Cleveland when the incident occurred.

“We pulled the surveillance video up and lo and behold, the machine was gone,” Emerick said.

The surveillance video shows a woman walking into the laundromat at 4:22 p.m. She took a quick look around. Then, a man walks in. The two then detach the coin machine, which held $800 in quarters.

“Oh, my God, I can’t believe that they are doing this in midday with traffic going by and everything. It just blows my mind they would do something like this,” Emerick said.

The cost to replace the coin machine is $2,000 – money the owner planned on using to refurbish the outside of the business. Emerick found out Friday that a towing company found the old machine 12 feet deep in the Ohio River nearby.

“I hope justice comes to those who were involved,” Emerick said.

Emerick was in Cleveland at the time of the robbery. He said he checked the store surveillance remotely at 4:15 p.m., just seven minutes before the theft.

Police told NEWS9 they believe they know who is responsible but are waiting for the grand jury to meet next month to move forward. 

Laundromat break-in caught on camera

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