DENISON, TX - Burglars have made a clean sweep of yet another area car wash, bringing the number of burglaries to at least three in one night. Mystic Matthews explains what the thieves left behind this time and how owners hope it will help catch the crooks.
On Tuesday night, the Monsoon Car Wash was hit in Whitesboro. The thieves got away with money and the surveillance video. But the suspects who hit the Denison car wash the same night were caught on video. Video they didn't take with them.
“The metal bars had been broken through, the whole guts of the change machine were missing, all the coins were gone and all the dollar bills were gone,” says Jeremy Auldridge.
Auldridge says his car wash was one of three hit Tuesday night, “We have them pulling into the bay, washing their car. One guy gets out and pretends he's getting change but doesn't. He comes back, alerts friends the coast is clear and they get out of the car, come back a few minutes later and leave.”
Denison Police say they will investigate whether these burglaries are all connected and share information with other departments.
Auldridge says it looks like they are connected. "We had locks that had been cut with a cutting torch," the same tactics used to break into the other car washes.
Auldridge says, “They were very organized. They knew what they came here to get. They were out really quickly. They did $6,000 worth of damage and took over $500 in money.”
And while thieves managed to find and steal the surveillance video from The Monsoon Car Wash, they apparently couldn't find the security system at the Old Duffer's Buggy Car Wash in Denison.
"We're assuming the vending machine was where they thought the surveillance video was, but it was nothing more than a vending machine."
You can plainly see one suspect in the video and a car that looks like a small 2-door sports car with a hatchback.
Auldridge says hopes this video will help solve not only his burglary but the others as well. “It really hurts badly when somebody does something like this because of who else it hurts. It trickles down to where it hurts everyone else. We've already lost business the past two days because we don't have change for our customers.”
If you have any information or know who may be involved, call the Denison Police Department.