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Thieves make clean sweep at laundromat

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Thieves have been cleaning up at Spin City Laundry in Dry Ridge.

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On four separate occasions,  coins were removed from washing machines, dryers and the change machine at the 24-hour laundromat.

The first incident occurred on Oct. 21, 2010 when the facility was targeted by what Dry Ridge and Williamstown police are calling an organized ring or rings of four men and women.

Surveillance cameras gave police a place to start, but they need the public’s help in identifying the suspects.

Police said the thieves enter the laudromat  and while one removes the money from the machines, the others act as lookouts.

Dry Ridge Chief Rick Kells began the initial investigation.

 “They bring some clothes or towels in with them so it looks like they have legitimate business there,” said Williamstown Police Officer Ronnie Perkins.

Spin City was also victimized again a couple of days later.

The Laundromat was targeted again around 5:40 p.m. on Jan. 22 and between 8 and 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 25.

Police believe there are two sets of suspects involved.

The male suspects are described as being in their 20s to 30s and 5 foot 7 inches tall to 5 foot 8 inches tall. They were wearing jeans and sweatshirts, one with a Jagermeister logo.

Both were wearing baseball caps, one with a  Nike logo and the other with an Arkansas Razorback logo.

The females are described as being 5 foot 5 inches tall to 5 foot 8 inches tall. One is believed to be 20 to 30 years old with auburn hair. She was wearing a sweatshirt with a Hollister logo. The second female, whom police saw on two different surveillance tapes, is believed to be 40 to 50 years old with gray/white hair. She was wearing an off white/beige sweater during both incidents. She also wears glasses.

Police said the suspects were seen in a dark colored SUV on Jan. 22 and in a royal blue sedan on Jan. 25.

“It’s possible they are doing this in other places and travel through the area, so it’s important if anyone has information to come forward,” said Kells.

Police declined to disclose the amount of money taken.

To contact Kells, call 859-428-1212 or Perkins at 859-824-3353.