MSP: 2 steal hundreds from coin machines

The two men believed to be involved in thefts from coin machines. (Courtesy Michigan State Police)

PERE MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Police in west and northwest Michigan are looking for two men who have stolen perhaps thousands of dollars in change from coin machines.

One such theft occurred on May 28 between 5 a.m. and 5:40 a.m. at the West Coast Car Wash on Pere Marquette Highway south of US-10 in Mason County’s Pere Marquette Township, according to Michigan State Police.

The two men used a paper bill and something else to trick a coin machine into dumping out several hundreds of dollars in coins, MSP says.

The same men may have done the same thing only a few days before at a business in Lowell, and again at a car wash in Grayling, MSP says.

Police suspect the men are exchanging their haul for cash at places like Walmart. On May 30, MSP got a report of two men exchanging more than $2,000 in coins at the Grayling Walmart store.

Police are asking for the public’s help to identify the two suspects. The description of the men provided by MSP is vague: they were described only as two white males between the ages of 19 and 25, one slender and one heavy-set.

MSP says the men may be driving a light-colored, four-door vehicle.

If anyone has information on the suspects, contact Trooper Thomas or Det. Sgt. Johnson at the Michigan State Police Hart Post 231.873.2171.

The vehicle believed to be involved in thefts from coin machines. (Courtesy Michigan State Police)
(The vehicle believed to be involved in thefts from coin machines. Courtesy Michigan State Police)

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