SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Investigators are looking for the people responsible for stealing more than a dozen dryers from laundry rooms at several Summerville apartments.
The Summerville Police Department says that 13 coin operated dryers and one washing machine were stolen from four Summerville apartment laundry rooms from Aug. 30 to Sept. 19.
In one case, the thieves returned three days straight to steal four dryers and a washing machine.
The first incident happened on Aug. 30 at Wellington Place Apartments on Bosquet Court. The manager said she discovered that two Speed Queen commercial dryers were missing from the laundry room that afternoon.
On Sept. 3, police responded to the Westbury Mews laundry room regarding stolen coin operated dryers. The maintenance man told police when he arrived early in the morning to check the pool, he noticed that the door to the laundry room was opened.
When he went to secure the door, he noticed that two dryers were missing. A witness said she saw two people loading something into a vehicle that morning. The victim said she saw a dark blue full sized single cab pickup truck, possibly a Dodge, backed up near the laundry room.
She said she saw two white males carrying out something, possibly a dryer, and put it into the rear of the vehicle and then drive off. The dryers were white Maytag commercial coin operated dryers. Police say one dryer had a number 4 on it while the other had a number 5 sticker.
On Aug. 31, officers responded to the Colonial Village at Waters Edge Apartments in reference to a burglary. The manager said she discovered that two coin operated dryers were missing from the laundry room of the clubhouse.
Officers returned to Waters Edge Apartments for a report of stolen appliances on Sept. 5. Police met with a maintenance technician who said that someone had stolen two white Speed Queen coin operated commercial dryers from the laundry room.
The following day, police came back to the apartment complex for a stolen clothes dryers.
On Sept. 17, police responded to the Midland Terrace Apartments on Midland Parkway in reference to a burglary. An employee told officers that someone had entered the laundry room and had stolen two coin operated dryers.
Police returned to the Midland Terrace Apartments on Sept. 18 in reference to a larceny. One of the property managers said a white Speed Queen commercial dryer was taken from the apartment laundry room.
A witness told police that around 7:30 p.m., she saw a dark colored Ford F-150, with possible SC tags FFY-914, pull up to the laundry room. The witness said she saw a white man, 5'6", 160 lbs, wearing jeans and a black sweatshirt enter the laundry room. She also saw a female passenger, about 5'2", 130 lbs, with long black hair wearing red and black shorts with a red sweatshirt.
The witness said she saw the two load one dryer into the back of the pickup truck. According to the witness, the two appeared as if they were going to take another dryer but were scared off when both saw the witness.
Police again responded to Midland Terrace Apartments the following day for a suspicious vehicle parked near the laundry room. When officers arrived, the vehicle had already left the area. A maintenance supervisor told police that a coin operated washing machine and dryer were stolen.
A witness said he saw a dark colored Ford F-150 with what appeared to be a dryer in the back.
The serial numbers for all of the stolen Steve Queen clothes dryers are:
Model#SDE107WF 17 Serial#0007005420
Model#SDE107WF 17 Serial#0308007136
Authorities are continuing the investigation. If you have any information you are asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.