I was away on vacation. You never really said was the perp was perping. Is it the coin boxes on the washers and dryers? Are there additional vending machines? Does he have keys to these things too or is he damaging the coin boxes? Do you have access to these things? Can you or a committe with ledgers and signatures empty and sign for them every night? How much money or other loot is really being taken?
Well, I thought I laid out all the extraneous info that I thought was pertinent to the idle curious, considering that I've only posted this to call for helpful ideas on how to catch the guy, period (and I must say there seems to be hardly anyone with a taste for exacting a just vengeance through coldhearted skullduggery among you nice people); but I'll tell you more of the irrelevant details anyway. Yes, he's stealing specifically from the washer and dryer coinboxes (there is nothing else), and on top of that he is rendering the machines unusable until the repair guy comes. I don't have the skills to put a temporary bandaid on that sort of thing. As for does he have a key to the machines?...I already cited property damage, and I believe I did refer to "ripping them open", so I think that answers that, doesn't it. The owner is of the firm policy that he alone should collect the coins (when
he remembers, which isn't often, so the haul can be pretty good).
Just conferred with the local precinct re: electronic surveillance of common-use space, and in this regard basically the world is my oyster, so I am most happy indeed with that news. Will cover it again tomorrow with the proper liaison just to square away the fine points. All that's really left is for the owner to balance the immediate pain to his wallet with the greater amount of money he's already lost and stands to lose, and give the okay.
Let us know how it goes.
Someone has been stealing lunches from the fridges at my office for years. Although I have never had my lunch stolen, I have limited my options years ago, and rarely place a lunch or a nice lunch bag in the fridge.
Good pre-emptiveness in holding onto your own stuff; it only makes sense. Your office could consider stealth - or even obvious - surveillance yourselves, if it's that important. Better yet, people could just stop using the fridge.
But I'm sure you'll forgive me when I say that I have more at stake here than petty theft. To repeat my case, this has now gone beyond merely sitting on my lunch to deflect him to easier pickings. We have done all that and it hasn't been enough, and why should other targeted properties thank me for sending him their way? I don't want him to trespass and steal money from us, OR anybody else, any more. It is now time to catch him once and for all, and IMO it is well overdue.