Scottsdale police are searching for people who have burglarized coin-operated washers and dryers in apartment complexes in south Scottsdale and across the Valley.
Some of the most recent burglaries happened last month in Scottsdale, said Sgt. Eric Rasmussen.
On June 29, $350 was reported stolen from laundry machines at an apartment complex in the 3200 block of North 66th Street, he said.
About the same time last month, $50 was reportedly taken from a washer in an apartment complex in the 4100 block of 78th Street, Rasmussen said.
There have been 103 burglaries in Scottsdale of coinoperated washers and dryers from January 2004 to last month, said Mary Kirkwood, a Scottsdale police crime analyst.
The total property loss was $12,027, she said.
Police said they don’t know whether it is one person or several people committing the burglaries.
Rasmussen said he believes that at least one person linked to the crimes lives in south Scottsdale, rides a bicycle and is a methamphetamine user, he said.
It may be three or four groups of people committing the crimes, he said.
Bruce Rademacher, assistant office manager for Automatic Laundry Company, said the company has lost $60,000 Valleywide from Jan. 3 to June 29 this year.
Coin-operated machines from Automatic Laundry and another vendor in Scottsdale have been burglarized, Rasmussen said.
Anyone with information is asked to call (480) 312-5000.