A man was arrested Tuesday after robbing several coin machines in local businesses.
As part of a month long investigation by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department and the Milford Police Department, Mychal D. Loper, 27, has been arrested on preliminary charges of felony theft and criminal mischief.
Police say Loper allegedly robbed and vandalized at least five different laundromat and car wash coin machines over the past month. Police were called May 30 in regards to theft and damage of a coin machine at the Hometown Laundry in Milford.
After viewing surveillance footage of Loper breaking into the machines, detectives gathered that Loper was a possible suspect and discovered that he was incarcerated in the Kosciusko County Jail on an unrelated failure to appear misdemeanor warrant.
Loper admitted to detectives that he was involved in the Milford thefts as well as four additional thefts in the Warsaw area from coin operated machines at laundromats and car washes.
He also told officers that he allegedly stole bolt cutters from the Nappanee Ace Hardware with the intent to vandalize and steal money from coin machines at a laundromat in Nappanee.
Detectives are still currently investigating the possibility that Loper might have been involved in other similar crimes before his arrest.