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Alleged laundry room thief arrested

Apr 13 2012

Victoria police have arrested a 44-year-old man they say has been breaking into laundry rooms and smashing the washers and dryers to get at the coins inside.

The man was caught breaking into an apartment building’s laundry room Wednesday night around 9:30 p.m. in the 2800-block of Fifth Street.

Police were called after a resident of the building spotted the man and held him until Victoria police officers could arrive.

The man was in possession of break-in tools and coins. He is facing charges of break and enter, theft, mischief, possession of stolen property and possession of break-in tools.

Police say 33 laundry rooms have been broken into in Victoria. Police in Saanich and Oak Bay also reported thefts from washing machines in apartment buildings.

The break-ins have caused thousands of dollars in damage to the machines.