INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 11, 2016) -- Indianapolis Metropolitan police are searching for a team of crooks running a unique scam.
The suspects have conned a number of businesses into helping them rip off coin machines.
It’s not just one or two suspects, but a group of criminals committing the crimes.
The good news is the thieves made no effort to hide from security cameras.
Police released several surveillance video and images of people and vehicles believed to be connected to the thefts.
In one video, for nearly 10 minutes, two crooks try to wedge a cart with their stolen loot out of the store.
The suspects even tricked store employees into helping out with the theft.
The con artists claim to work a company called Coinstar.
“They were posing as employees of Coinstar saying they wanted to fix the machines and clean it and then they would take the coins out of it,” said Det. Tim Conley with Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana.
In a separate video you can see another suspect, this time a woman, actually does clean parts of a Coinstar machine.
All the while her partner steals the coins inside.
“They appear to be relaxed and don’t have any problems talking to the employees of the businesses,” said Conley.
Eventually the woman in the second video simply wheels the stolen coins out in a shopping cart.
Police say the team of suspects have recently ripped off at least 9 Coinstar locations.
“These people are preying on businesses around central Indiana,” said Conley.
During the thefts the suspects have caused several thousand dollars in damages to the Coinstar machines.
Because they’ve shown a clear pattern of behavior, police want to get the thieves off the streets before they commit even more dangerous crimes.
“I mean if they’re comfortable doing this, imagine what else they would do,” said Conley.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 (TIPS) or 800-222-8477 (TIPS). You can also submit a mobile tip through the P3tips app for Apple or Android phones or visit www.CrimeTips.org to submit a web tip.