A man pleaded guilty and was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail for breaking into coin laundry machines in Cypress and Fullerton apartment buildings to steal quarters.
Jerry Scott Reed, 55, entered his plea to 18 counts of burglary and admitted sentencing enhancements for committing burglary while out on bail for earlier break-ins involving coin laundry machines.
Reed drilled into coin-operated laundry machines at the Sycamore Village apartments at 3301 Yorba Linda Blvd. to steal change on Nov. 15, Dec. 20, Dec. 26, Jan. 4, Jan. 7 and Jan. 9.
Last fall, Reed was charged with a dozen counts of burglary for breaking into coin laundry machines at the Casa Grande apartment complex in Cypress. Between April 16 and Sept. 25 of last year, he stole about $2,000 in quarters, Cypress police Sgt. Dean Pinvidic said. Surveillance camera footage linked the defendant to a dozen crimes, but there were many more such burglaries in the laundry facilities, the sergeant said.
He said Reed went into laundry rooms in the early morning hours and use a power drill to gain access to the coin boxes.
Reed caused about $6,000 in damage to the washers and dryers. When police arrested him, he was carrying power tools and a sack full of about $160 in quarters, Pinvidic said.
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