SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Since Oct. 1, the San Luis Obispo Police Department has investigated 16 laundry-room burglaries, many of which have occurred at apartment complexes in the southern part of the city.
The suspect uses tools to literally rip the metal coin boxes apart, and has also cut water lines and turned several machines upside-down to access the coins. Numerous machines have been destroyed in the burglaries.
Police are seeking a white or Hispanic male, late 30s or early 40s, approximately 5-foot-9, with dark hair. The suspect fled on a single-speed BMX-type bicycle when confronted by a citizen during one of the burglaries.
San Luis Obispo police are urging citizens to report any suspicious activity in and around laundry rooms in the city.