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Thieves cleaning up with laundry break-ins

Apr 07 2012

Thieves are making clean breaks into area laundry rooms, destroying expensive washers and dryers for the sake of the coins inside.

Three break-ins happened within blocks of each other in Saanich in March, said Saanich Police Const. Dean Jantzen.

The Saanich break-ins, in the 3200-block of Glasgow, Quadra and Cook streets, resulted in thousands of dollars of damage to washers and dryers, which were smashed by the culprits to access the change compartments.

In other cases, thieves have been more sophisticated, targeting certain makes of appliances. Some have created master keys.

Jantzen warned apartment and condo owners to be careful about letting strangers in.

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