WARSAW — A local business has set a reward for the conviction of the responsible party who has vandalized numerous vending machines.
Quick Clean Laundry first reported a vandalism the morning of Friday, April 28. They were vandalized again on April 29, then again on Thursday, May 4.
“They’ve hit all our vending machines,” stated manager Ashley Finney. The facility hosts an array of gum-ball style machines, as well as a few arcade-style games, all of which were either broken into or attempted.
The vandals also targeted the soap dispensers and stole the change from the change return. Judging by the marks left around the money deposits and returns, it is clear the vandals are using either a screwdriver or other small crowbar like object to pry open the units.
No washers or dryers have been effectively broken in to, but if the vandals keep returning management is afraid they’ll get hit next. Currently there are only a few machines that show sign of an attempt.
If the washers and dryers get vandalized, Quick Clean’s only option for repair would be to raise their prices. “We don’t have to [raise prices] yet,” state Finney, “but if it keeps happening we will have to.”
In hopes of catching the vandal quickly, Quick Clean is now offering a $500 reward for the conviction of the criminal.
The Warsaw Police Department is the agency handling this case. Any tips on potential perpetrators should be directed to Officers Wilkie and Ticknor at (574) 372-9511.