Police arrest two men in quarter theft case

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Two men have been accused of stealing more than $2,000 worth of quarters from a coin laundry mat.

Officials said two men were caught on tape stealing from Hall’s Coin Laundry in Hazard at different times.

Bill Hall, the owner of the laundry mat said this whole thing has cost him more than $3,000, both in changed locks and stolen money.

Hall said he is glad he invested in surveillance cameras about a year and a half ago after the washing machines in his laundry mat were broken into more than once.

“We exchanged out as many of the locks as we could after the first time they got money out of the laundry and then we didn't think they would come back but they came back two more times and got what they could with what keys they could use,” said Hall.

The video shows one man standing outside while the other goes to each machine, which he opened with a self made key. Surveillance video also shows one man's attempts at trying to break into the gaming and vending machines as well.

“The third time we got them on video you would think they were starring in a TV show,” said Hall.
“They had no hoods on and it showed their faces pretty well and we got their car.”

Police arrested 28-year-old John Scruggs and his cousin 19-year-old Joshua Sizemore and charged them with theft. Sizemore said he is innocent.

“I was at the wrong place at the wrong time I was in the car with my cousin and he got pulled over for some stuff that he and somebody else done,” said Sizemore.

Sizemore said he does not meet the description of the suspect in the video and said Hazard Police “done him dirty” and told him to “prove his own innocence” which he planned on doing at his court date.

“They say its me on video and they got video of the person that done it and they just see the side of his face and he is slick shaved and I got long hair about three inches longer than his and a beard,” said Sizemore.

Police said although they have caught the alleged suspects, they do not think Hall will be getting his quarters back anytime soon.

“Chances are no, I am sure that the officers investigating the incident will do their best to recover it for the victim,” said Captain Jason Duff of the Hazard Police Department.

Both suspects are being held at the Kentucky River Regional Jail with bonds and the possibility of home incarceration. Scruggs has a $15,000 cash bond and Sizemore's bond set at $10,000 cash.


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