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Robbers clean out Mount Albert laundromat of $5K in cash, coins

Suspects also caused $6K damage to Main Street laundromat's coin storage machine in the July 26 incident
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Two suspects were caught on video surveillance in a July 26, 2020 robbery at Main Street laundromat in Newmarket. Supplied photo/Crime Stoppers of York Region

A pair of COVID-mask wearing thieves made off with about $5,000 in cash and coins after a late-night break-in on July 26 at a Main Street laundromat in Mount Albert.

Crime Stoppers of York Region video surveillance released today shows two male suspects entering The Cleaning Centre Laundromat at 66 Main St. from a back door.

Police say one of the suspects cut a lock to gain entry to the building, then cut a hole into the main coin storage machine to clean out the cash. An estimated $6,000 in damage was done to the coin storage machine, police say.

The second suspect stood outside of the main doors and acted as a lookout, police say.

The suspects were in the building between 1:45 and 3 a.m. and were seen leaving on foot on Main Street.

Suspect number one is described as a white male between 20 to 30 years old, with a medium build. He was wearing a green hoodie, grey jogging pants, dark running shoes, black Adidas baseball cap, a black face mask, and carrying a green bag.

Suspect number two is described as a white male between 20 to 30 years old, with a thin build. He was wearing a white-and-black Polo jacket with a red hood, dark jeans, white shoes, and a light blue face mask.

If you can help identify these suspects, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or submit a tip online.

Editor's note: This story was updated on Aug. 18, 2020, to correct the municipality in which The Cleaning Centre Laundromat is located. A Crime Stoppers news release incorrectly identified the business location as Newmarket.

Kim Champion

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