City police seek man in laundromat vandalism
BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR
Fredericksburg police are trying to identify a man who ripped a toilet out of the floor at a city laundromat early Friday, causing water damage that forced the business to shut down for a day.
A regular customer at Hillcrest Coin Laundry at 2012 Lafayette Blvd., showed up at the business shortly before 7 a.m. Friday and found it flooded, city police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said. The customer reported the problem to the proprietor of the business.
The owner arrived and found that a bathroom toilet had been forcibly removed from the floor, causing the flooding. Police were called after the owner discovered the vandalism.
Bledsoe said a store surveillance camera showed a man entering the business about 2 a.m. Friday through an unsecured door. He went into the bathroom.
The man was later seen on camera leaving the bathroom, and the water started running out the door a short time later. There are no cameras in the bathroom.
At one point the man appeared to look directly into the camera and flash both of his middle fingers.
The suspect was described as a white man in his 30s with medium length blond hair and a dark colored ball cap.
Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call city police at 540/373-3122.
Bledsoe said police don’t know why anyone might have been upset with the business.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404