Hughes Springs police seek public’s help to ID laundromat burglar

Hughes Springs police seek public’s help to ID laundromat burglar
Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 2:45 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 6, 2022 at 6:43 PM CST
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HUGHES SPRINGS, Texas (KLTV) - East Texas police are searching for suspects involved in a dangerous burglary that turned into arson.

Hughes Springs police are looking for at least two people connected with trying to break into an office at the ‘Wash-Tub’ Laundromat.

It was last month that someone entered the Laundromat at around 3 in the morning, looking like he was doing laundry.

“He did bring in a laundry basket. I believe they knew what time to come up here. Low risk. Not anybody here,” says Police Chief Randy Kennedy.

The suspect was captured on surveillance video bypassing all the coin operated machines, and heading for the office door.

The door has since been replaced. But the suspect in this case, seeing he couldn’t get the door open, tried an alternative; a dangerous alternative.

“We couldn’t tell exactly what he was using, but we could see a flash. A brightening of the video, and damage done to the door,” the chief says.

Using what Kennedy believes was some sort of blowtorch or combustible, the man set the door on fire.

“I guess he thought he could melt the mechanism of the lock,” Kennedy says.

A dangerous move, seeing the laundromat wall was wood paneled, and apartments are connected to the building.

“On the other side of the building here you have three apartments that are occupied, and if you caught the building on fire then the occupants next door may or may not have made it out before fire consumed the building. The man burned the door, caused significant damage, and therefore will be charged with arson,” said the chief.

Kennedy has enlisted the help of the DPS crime lab for physical evidence.

A security image gives a look at the vehicle the chief is looking for.

“It did appear to be a KIA RIO,” he said.

What the suspect didn’t know was the office contained no cash or valuables. Just the video surveillance system.

Chief Kennedy confirms they are looking for at least two suspects in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hughes Springs police.

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