Commiting crime for coins

Three apartment block laundry rooms were the target of thieves in Oak Bay last week.

Three apartment block laundry rooms were the target of thieves in Oak Bay last week.

On March 29, thieves entered the laundry room in an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Cadboro Bay Rd. sometime overnight.

The coin dispenser to one of the dryers was damaged. Police say it appears that the person entered the building through the front door by being let into the building by an unsuspecting tenant.

The Saanich Police Forensic Identification Section attended to process the coin dispenser for potential fingerprints.

The following night, culprits entered a laundry room in the 2100 block of Haultain St.

The laundry room door was unlocked and the thief forcibly removed two coin dispensers.

After the crime, the coin dispensers were handled by other people in the apartment complex which compromised any forensic evidence that may have been left behind, said police. The property manager was unable to determine if any money was stolen.

On April 1, someone entered the rear door to an apartment complex in the 1200 block of Newport Ave.

The thief shouldered the laundry room door to gain access to the room. Two coin dispensers were damaged during the break-in.

Estimated repair cost for the two coin dispensers is $600.