The owner of a coin car wash situated in the area of Needham St. and Hwy/ 36 had been experiencing recent thefts of coins from his machines and had asked a neighbouring business to keep an eye open for anything suspicious.
During the noon hour, on Friday, Jan. 22, the neighbour called police to report three men loitering on the property without a vehicle.
The men were gone once police arrived.
The owner downloaded the electronic coin machine’s history and was able to determine that someone was repeatedly stealing coins by partially inserting a $20 bill into the machine which then forced it to make change.
According to police, shortly after 6 p.m. later that day, officers were called back to the coin wash to investigate two suspicious men loitering on the property. 20-year-old Devon Douglas Hedley of Dunsford was arrested following a short foot chase, and has been charged with two counts of theft under $5,000 and four counts of breaching a probation order. As well, 22-year-old Gregory Williams of Cannington was arrested on Sunday, Jan. 24 and charged with two counts of theft under $5,000 and one count of breaching his probation order. Both men are scheduled to appear in court on March 3.
The investigation revealed the men had been trading the coins to a local variety store. Police added that the total loss of coins is still being determined by the owner.