Would-be thief is washed up twice

BUNDABERG Police are in a lather as they try to identify a man who attempted to steal money from washing machines and dryers at a Bundaberg Laundromat — on two separate occasions.

About 8.45pm on Monday, October 19, a bearded man went into the Super Suds Laundromat on Heidke Street, Avoca, wearing a striped carry bag over his head.

After putting a sock over the laundry’s CCTV camera, he then tried to pry open a washing machine to get the coins inside.

Just days later, on October 24, the would-be thief went back to the scene of his crime to try his luck again.

On the second visit, Snr Const Ricky Lynch said the man had shaved off his beard, but wearing similar clothing and carrying the same striped bag.

“He was wearing a glove on his right hand and a T-shirt over his head,” Snr Const Lynch said.

“He has again tried to jemmy a washing machine and a dryer on a number of occasions to gain entry to the receptacle containing coins, without success.”

The man then left empty-handed.

The offender was described as a Caucasian male about 180cm tall, of proportionate build, medium complexion, and with brown hair.

During the first attack on the facility, the man had a full, dark brown beard.

On the second attempt, the intruder was clean-shaven.

On both occasions, he was wearing light coloured three-quarter pants, a dark shirt, a dark baseball cap with “FBI” on front, and thongs.

Snr Const Lynch said police suspected the man they wish to trace may be homeless, and they appealed to members of the public to come forward if they had any information about his identity.

Anyone with information is asked to telephone the Police Beat on 4131 4500 or Bundaberg Police on 4153 9111.

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