Car wash heist

 This machine at Comet Car Wash was broken into early Monday morning, Nov. 4. Four other machines were also broken into, causing as much as $20,000 in damages with approximately $525 taken in cash and quarters.

Comet Car Wash in Cameron was burglarized early Monday morning, Nov. 4, according to the Cameron Police Department.

A neighbor called 911 at 8:21 a.m. after finding the car wash machines broken into. The car wash is located at 201 N. First St., in Cameron.

Cameron Police Chief Mike Lynch said five machines were broken into sometime between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Monday. A person with the car wash estimated $150 to $300 in quarters were taken and $200 to $400 in cash was taken from the machines.

Lynch confirmed that the surveillance cameras had been spray-painted over. A locked door was forced open and the DVD for the surveillance cameras was stolen.

Without video and without witnesses, there were no suspects at this time, Lynch said.

The total damage to the car wash was estimated to be between $15,000 and $20,000.

In 2016, the Cameron Laundromat had the coin machine and candy vending machine broken into and more than $500 stolen. Other area laundromats were also hit.

“I have very low confidence that the two are related,” Lynch said of the car wash crimes and those from 2016.

As of midafternoon on Tuesday, Nov. 5, no other coin machine break-ins have been reported in the Northwest Wisconsin region, Lynch said.