Sacto 9-1-1
April 2, 2013
Sacramento police seek suspects in laundry room burglaries

sac suspect+.pngSacramento police are asking the public's help in identifying two suspects in burglaries of laundry rooms at a number of apartment complexes.

Police said the burglars have targeted the coin mechanisms on washers and dryers after forcing entry to the unoccupied and locked rooms.

Both suspects are described as African American men, 25 to 30 years old. Witnesses described one as having a thin build with a short afro and goatee, according to a Police Department news release.

The burglaries under investigation occurred:

• In the 1000 block of Santiago Avenue March 2 or 3. Someone broke into the laundry room and stole the coin mechanisms from the tops of the washing machines.

• In the 3200 block of Norwood Avenue between March 5 and 7. Intruders forced entry to the laundry a room and stole the entire coin-operated washing machine.

• In the 500 block of Lampasas Avenue about 8 a.m. March 8. Two African American adults were seen breaking into a laundry room and removing the dryers. The suspects reportedly loaded the machines into a vehicle, then fled.

• In the 1500 block of Sonoma Avenue about 12:56 p.m. March 8. A tenant went to investigate noises coming from the laundry room and encountered the two suspects removing the coin container mechanism from a washing machine. One of the suspects reportedly brandished a handgun at the tenant before fleeing.

• In the 400 block of Fairfield Street about 9 p.m. March 21. Someone broke into the laundry room and stole the coin mechanisms from the tops of the washing machines.

• In the 400 block of Redwood Avenue about 10 p.m. March 23. A manager discovered that the coin box had been taken from the locked laundry room. Surveillance footage was recovered and shows a suspect (pictured) wearing what appears to be a grey baseball cap, dark clothing, white and black gloves and carrying a crowbar.

Anyone with information regarding the burglaries is asked to call the Police Department's dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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