Another car wash hit in same night

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

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.


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  • by Russell Location: sherman on Apr 25, 2008 at 08:44 PM
    just an update for ya, thanks for trying to do the image, I went ahead and made a set of images that can help you out if you would like off of the little video provided on the page. If i can get a copy of the larger screened video i could do even better pics for you. but feel free to use these on the site and hope this helps track these idiots down. http://www.yourseek.info/robbery/
  • by russell Location: sherman on Apr 25, 2008 at 10:01 AM
    You need to post the pics of the guy at the change machine so we can get a better view of it. The small screen on this page just doesn't help. These are idiots and they need to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for destroying businesses. They can't be to hard to find. Give us some bigger pictures of the suspects from the video so we can help out :D The best shot we have was added...
  • by Mark Location: Sherman on Apr 25, 2008 at 08:19 AM
    Crooks are driving the honest bussiness owners out of bussines. Where are the law enforcement while this is going on at night. 20 years ago you could not drive down the Parkway without being pulled over and checked out.
  • by Judge Location: Dub on Apr 25, 2008 at 08:01 AM
    I wonder if it is coincidence that I got an inquiry on the car I am selling and they asked if they could pay in quarters? Aren't most criminals brilliant? - Let's go risk our freedom for a bucket of quarters. Sounds like a group of addicts desperate for drug money.
  • by MR. X Location: TX on Apr 25, 2008 at 07:31 AM
    CATCH THESE NO GOOD CROOKS AND HANG THEM.
  • by me without cable or dish Location: out of state on Apr 25, 2008 at 12:58 AM
    Major news again, slow day is it?
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