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Surveillance leads to arrests in laundry thefts

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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2008 12:24 pm | Updated: 9:04 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A $2,900 video security surveillance video system that Adrian Notaro purchased to better monitor his south Scottsdale laundry business is paying off in helping put a stop to guys he said are “up to no good.”

Scottsdale police said that Notaro, who has owned Ginny’s Wash House at 8016 E. Thomas Road for the last three years, was at home about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday watching the video surveillance on his laptop computer when he noticed a man casing the vending machines before another man broke into one.

Notaro called 911, and within two minutes, police pulled up behind the men’s car as they were fleeing the business after they stole about $30 from an arcade-game machine and a soft-drink vending machine.

Police said they arrested Ryan Kempton, 28, of Flagstaff, and Anthony Ortiz, 45, of Scottsdale, on suspicion of burglary.

Notaro said he estimated about $30 in damage was done to the soft-drink machine, but he said he had been reviewing the surveillance video closer after a break-in at the laundry last Thanksgiving caused about $1,000 damage to the soda machine.

“I just happened to catch this guy coming in and looking at the machine, and thought, it looks like he’s up to no good,” Notaro said.

“He used a key to break into the pop machine, so I called police, and they were there within a matter of about two minutes. It was perfect timing. I was still on the phone with the dispatcher when the guys got in their car and a police car pulled right up behind them. Then, about eight more police cars pulled up.”

Notaro said there were no customers inside the business at the time.

“These guys usually do this by waiting for a customer to leave before they run inside and break into a vending machine,” he said.

Notaro said he purchased the video surveillance system about a year and a half ago to better monitor the laundry after business hours. He used to keep the laundry open for 24 hours, but he said because of vending machine thefts at the business, he started closing at 11 p.m. soon after he purchased the system.

“Having the cameras and being able to watch things over the Internet is a big relief,” Notaro said. “I can be in Connecticut with my family and see what’s going on by logging into the Web site of my business. I had been noticing money missing out of the Pepsi machine – half of the pop would be missing, and there’d only be a couple of dollars in it, and I’d think, ‘hmmm.’ I’m glad all the money I spent on the security system is paying off because damage to the vending machines could easily cost more than $1,000.”

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