HAZARD – Two people were arrested this week and charged with taking hundreds of dollars in quarters from a local business over the past few weeks.
John Scruggs, 28, and Joshua Sizemore, 18, are facing charges of theft after police say surveillance video captured them at a laundry mat during the theft.
The Hazard Police Department received a call on January 6 from Bill Hall, owner of Coin Laundry in Hazard, reporting that someone had used a key to open machines at the laundry mat, taking approximately $1,000 in quarters. Hall made a second report on February 2, this time noting that between $500 and $700 had been stolen during another break-in.
Surveillance video from the business allowed authorizes to obtain a description of the perpetrators as well as the vehicle being used in the theft, according to a press release from the Hazard Police Department.
Two days later, on February 4, Detective Adam Baker and Patrolman Arthur Gayheart located a matching vehicle at the Apple Market on Morton Blvd. Police say that after making contact with the subjects and through further investigation, they were able to obtain warrants for Scruggs and Sizemore charging them in connection with the laundry mat thefts. They are both facing two counts of theft over $500, according to the release, and they are currently lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard.