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Prosecutors: Coin thief shoves woman out of the way to escape Laundromat

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 6, 2013 at 9:01 am |
March 6, 2013 9:01 am

The man wanted coins, and clean clothes.

After dropping his laundry on top of a washing machine at a Laundromat in Ruston, the man began prying open the coin boxes on seven machines.

A 66-year-old woman noticed what was happening and confronted the man.

He told her he had to go, snatched up his laundry and shoved the woman out of the way so he could flee.

The man got away with roughly $300 in coins, but not before the woman’s teenage grandson jotted down his license plate. The woman got a banged up shoulder and knee from the fall.

Police said seven dryers were damaged and would cost about $2,400 to fix. Coins were also stolen from a vending machine.

Detectives traced the license plate to the man and discovered it was suspected in another coin box burglary from a car wash.

The 47-year-old man has been charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree malicious mischief for the Nov. 22 incident. He is scheduled to be arraigned March 19.

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