Two Men Caught on Surveillance Camera Breaking Into Auburn Laundromat

AUBURN -- It was a big risk for a small payoff. Two men were caught on surveillance cameras outside Thrifty Wash Laundromat in Auburn last month.

One of them broke in and caused thousands of dollars in damage, but they only got away with $50 in change.

"Honestly, I think it's a really silly burglary," laundromat attendant Kathryn Ramirez told FOX40. "[It's] just really random, and they just got that."

Ramirez says the crime was poorly executed because the burglars didn't come in and steal from the laundromat's coin machine. Instead, they broke in through a panel and went straight for the vending machine.

Investigators say Thrifty Wash wasn't the only business hit. A laundromat in Colfax was also burglarized around the same time.

"We don't have any video from Colfax, so we don't know if they're related," said Dena Erwin with the Placer County Sheriff's Department. "I do know Sacramento is also having a huge issue with the same thing."

Thrifty Wash customer George Oregon is disappointed someone would stoop so low for $50.

"They really think they're smart, but in reality, they're hurting themselves because they end up in jail," Oregon said.

As the business repairs the damage, Ramirez hopes the burglars find a better way to spend their time.

"[The thieves are] idiots, and honestly, work for your money instead of breaking into laundromats. That's a waste of time," Ramirez said.

The Placer County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to call 530-889-7855. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Placer County Crime stoppers.

There's a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.