Prattville police hunt laundromat thieves

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The sign at the Prattville Coin-Op Laundry says it's 'open' and two guys took advantage of that invitation, but not in a good way.

The surveillance video tells the story. The two suspects clearly aren't there to just wash clothes. With the camera in plain view, the men dirtied their hands by prying open the coin machine.

"They used some type of flat metal device," said Prattville Police Investigator Claude Bozeman.

A flat metal device used to steal some $800.00 in about 4 minutes.

"It does suggest they've done it before. They could be considered pros," said Bozeman.

The crime on tape happened one night last September around midnight and while the men haven't been caught, Bozeman believes they will eventually. The reason? Because the suspects made a critical mistake. They looked right into the camera.

"We're hoping someone will recognize the guys and help us put a name with a face. One of them had an Auburn cap on, so we believe they're local," Bozeman said.

Investigator Bozeman is not aware of this being a trend locally. He does tell WSFA 12 News a similar thing happened in Tennessee but so far there is no evidence to connect the Prattville suspects to that crime.

"This could be considered bold," said Bozeman.

Or stupid. Either way.. caught on tape.. cleaning out the laundry mat coin machine.

The owner of the business declined an interview.

Investigator Bozeman, meantime, says the two suspects could be looking at anywhere from 2 to 5 years if they're caught and convicted.

Call Crimestoppers at 215-STOP if you have any information that could lead to the arrests of the suspects. You may be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.

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