Car wash thieves strike Hampton business again

Posted at 1:05 PM, Nov 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-08 16:45:31-05

HAMPTON, Va. - Surveillance cameras at Green Clean Car Wash in Hampton record thieves breaking into cash machines at the self serve business Monday morning. Owner Shawn Everett said this isn't the first time these thieves have hit his business.

"It's frustrating; I can't believe it’s happening again," he said.

Everett said in the last few months, thieves have broken into the cash machines three times. He believes it's the same people returning, not only stealing the money inside but also damaging the machines. Everett was unable to say how much money was taken during this last burglary but says the damage left behind is substantial and ongoing.

The amount taken pales in comparison to the damage that was done, explained Everett. "It’s loss of business too - we will be down for a couple of days trying to piece things back together."

Surveillance cameras are strategically hung around the car wash, along with signs warning customers that they are being recorded. However, it's not enough to deter the thieves.

"They don’t seem to be discouraged or frightened by the presence of cameras at all," Everett said. "It's just discouraging. Frustration, anger - you just want it to stop so you can get back to doing your business."

Feeling stuck, Everett is hoping someone will recognize the people in the surveillance video or the van the men are in.

The van is a silver minivan with an attachment on the back. Everett has reported the crime to police, but he's also offering a reward of $500 for any information that leads to an arrest.

If you recognize the men in the video, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).