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Robbery Suspects Caught Attempting to Change $3,500 at Supermarket

Jason Hicks |

LAWRENCEVILLE, Pa. — Two men who allegedly robbed a self-service laundry in Lawrenceville were arrested when they were caught attempting to run $3,500 in coins through a nearby supermarket coin exchange machine.Pittsburgh police charged Kevin Walter, 20, of Lawrenceville and Brandon Cafeo, 20, of Shaler, Pa., with robbing the Butler Street Laundromat.According to police, video from the laundry’s surveillance cameras shows the men using pry bars to break into the coin boxes of a number of washing machines, a Coke vending machine, soap and laundry-bag vending machines, and a change-making machine. The two also stole boxes of laundry soap, police say.Walter and Cafeo were arrested when workers at the nearby Shop ’n Save called police to report that the two men used the store’s CoinStar change machine to collect and total $3,500 in loose change and then attempted to redeem the voucher at the cashier’s station.The men were nervous and evasive when asked about the large amount of change, according to police. Detectives recognized the two from the surveillance video and charged them with burglary, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and criminal conspiracy. 

About the author

Jason Hicks

American Drycleaner

Jason Hicks was assistant editor for American Trade Magazines, which publishes American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News, for more than nine years, and web editor for three years.

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