MSP investigating series of coin machine thefts

PERE MARQUETTE TWP. – Michigan State Police troopers are an investigating a series of coin machine thefts which they believe could be related.

On May 28, troopers from the Michigan State Police Hart Post began an investigation into the theft of coins from Mason County's West Coast Car Wash in Pere Marquette Township, located on Pere Marquette Highway south of U.S. 10. The investigation revealed that two male subjects went to the car wash between 5 a.m. and 5:40 am. and put a paper bill into the machine and another object causing an override in the coin dispenser. The suspects were able to obtain several hundred dollars of quarters from the machine, but didn't cause damage to the machine.

The suspects are described as two white males, one slender and one heavy set, approximately 19 to 25 years of age. Troopers believe the suspects were driving a light colored four-door vehicle.

A few days prior, members of the Lowell City Police Department handled a similar theft from a business in Lowell. Several hundred dollars in quarters were stolen during this crime.

On May 29, a Grayling car wash had quarters from its coin machine stolen. The Grayling Department of Public Safety reported that the suspects were able to override the machine and steal several hundred dollars of quarters without causing damage to the machine.

On May 30, troopers of the Michigan State Police Gaylord Post responded to the Gaylord Walmart to a report of two male subjects turning in more than $2,000 in change.

Troopers believe that these crimes may be related. Police are seeking assistance in identifying the subjects seen in security camera footage.

If anyone has information on the suspects, contact Trooper Thomas or D/Sgt. Johnson at the Michigan State Police Hart Post at (231) 873-2171.