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NYPD Searches for Laundry Room Change Machine Bandits Targeting Brooklyn Apartments

The suspects allegedly made off with more than $3,000, police say

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    • NYPD searches for 2 suspects in connection to string of robberies in Brooklyn targeting laundry room change machines in apartment buildings

    • Police say the pair allegedly broke open laundry room change machines and made off with more than $3,000 between Jan. 9 and Jan. 14

    • Authorities urge anyone with information to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA

    Police are searching for two suspects in connection to a string of robberies in Brooklyn, where the pair allegedly targeted laundry room change machines and made off with thousands of dollars.

    According to the NYPD, the suspects allegedly targeted apartment buildings in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick where they broke open change machines in the laundry rooms — making off with more than $3,000.

    Police say the suspects struck four times between Jan. 9 and Jan. 14 during the afternoon — between 4 p.m. and 5:25 p.m.

    The pair allegedly entered an apartment building on Bushwick Avenue and Palmetto Street, went to the laundry room in the basement and "used an unknown tool to break into the change machine," police say. They also proceeded to do the same thing at a residential building on Kosciuszko Street and Nostrand Avenue, another on Evergreen and Myrtle avenues and one on Broadway and Stuyvesant Avenue, according to police. 

    Authorities have released surveillance images of the suspects. One is described as a man wearing a Yankees jacket with a hood, a hat, dark-colored jeans and two-toned sneakers, while the other man was allegedly wearing a black jacket with the number "67" on the left breast pocket, dark-colored jeans, white and black sneakers, a black hat with yellow lettering, and is also described as having a beard and at least one earing. 

    Authorities urge anyone with information to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA. Tips can also be sent via www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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