Caught on Camera: Laundry basket bandits rob laundromat

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PURCELL, Okla. -- It was 4:44 a.m. Thursday when a couple walked into a Purcell laundromat as if they were doing some early morning laundry.

But Purcell police say the couple was actually there to clean out the vending machines.

"He failed on his first attempt, so he leaves, and he comes back with a female who kind of acts as a lookout for him and cover while he brought a bigger tool with him this time," witness Travis Robinson said.

In surveillance video, you can see the man pull a large pry bar out of his camouflage shorts.

"Out comes the tool, back in the pants with the tool," Robinson said. "And he's got some other little tool that he's using."

Within two minutes, they leave with about $250 in change and disappear in a Chevy pickup.

The thieves may have thought they made a clean getaway, but they were clearly blind to the five visible security cameras in the laundromat. They were caught coming and going from every angle.

"Somebody's always got a camera somewhere," Robinson said.

"Somebody knows who they are. We've had them on Facebook a while, and we have got a few calls, but they've all turned into dead ends," Scott Stephens with the Purcell Police Department said. "So we're hoping if we get them on television, then we'll get a few more calls."

Police believe the couple is local because the camera shows the man actually walking to the laundromat in the first burglary attempt.

If you recognize the couple or have information, you are asked to call Purcell PD.


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