Car wash burglaries in Whitesboro

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

WHITESBORO, Tex. -- Law enforcement is on the lookout for some burglars with a clean streak after a string of burglaries at local car washes.

The thieves hit two car washes in Whitesboro and could be responsible for a third car wash in Oak Ridge. The tactics are similar and leave business owners frustrated.

The owner of the monsoon car washes on Highways 377 and 82 says he noticed thousands of dollars worth of equipment and cash gone from his businesses Wednesday morning.

Police say someone broke into small rooms and used a cutting tool to pry open the change machine. The facilities have surveillance cameras, but the thieves stole the digital video recorders used to record the footage.

Police say they do not think these are the only businesses that could be targets.

"Normally someone that's that sophisticated is going to have a cutting torch with them and the knowledge of being able to get in the back of just one or two car washes, they're usually going to go on some type of spree," Whitesboro Police Chief Scott Taylor says.

Police want to emphasize how important it is for people to be aware of their surroundings, especially at businesses open 24 hours.

Police are currently following up on some leads for suspects.


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