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Posted on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 : 5:33 p.m.

Thief pries open coin-operated machines to steal money

By Amy Biolchini

Two coin-operated machines pried open Sunday night had an undetermined amount of coins stolen from them, police said.

The 300 block of East Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti, where the crime happened, is lined with commercial businesses on both sides of the street.

The suspect or suspects took an undetermined amount of coins from the machines, and damaged them in the process, police said.

The victim of the theft reported the incident to the Ypsilanti Police Department at 8:40 a.m. Monday.

Further information was not immediately available from the police.

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Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.



Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 3:51 a.m.

Wasn't the coin donation box at the Burger King on E Michigan Ave hit last week?


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 3:13 a.m.

Could we get a bit more coverage than the police blotter rewritten?

Amy Biolchini

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 2:08 p.m.

The policeman on duty could not provide me with more information on the incident. I called most of the businesses on that block -- the ones that I was able to reach said they didn't know anything of the incident. As for Ypsilanti news, beat reporter Katrease Stafford is on the pulse of things. I encourage you to read her stories.

Nicholas Urfe

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 3:07 a.m.

What kind of coin operated machines? I'm guessing they weren't condom machines.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 3:55 a.m.

I'm guessing it was the car wash. Thats the only place that has coin machines on that block.

Kyle Mattson

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 3:14 a.m.

Hey Nick- I'm taking a wild guess here, but considering the other businesses on that block it seems that the coin operated vacuums at the car wash next to Luca's would be the most likely answer.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 1:16 a.m.

Set up a stakeout at the coinstar machine, or better yet, post an officer at the City Clerk and Treasurers Office this week to see if anyone pays their property taxes with socks-full-o-quarters.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 3:20 a.m.

I just watched an episode of Batman regarding this....Zelda the Great I believe. The daft police chief made the suggestion that she robbed a bank to pay her which he was chastised by commissioner Gordon for being foolish enough to think a bank robber would pay their taxes...