Pair charged with stealing coins from Sans Souci car wash

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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HANOVER TWP. — Two men already accused of stealing nearly $12,000 worth of tools from a construction trailer have been charged with stealing money from a currency change machine at a car wash.

Township police allege Daniel Joseph Ledden, 50, and Joshua Forrester-Westad, 37, stole nearly $200 from the currency change machine at the Crossroads Car Wash, Sans Souci Parkway, on Nov. 18.

According to the criminal complaints:

Richard Gumbravich told police he arrived at the car wash to perform daily maintenance on Nov. 18 and noticed the currency change machine was opened. He said metal containers used to hold quarters were turned upside down and bill collectors mounted inside the change machine were missing.

Police estimated $200 was stolen from the car wash.

Kingston police notified township police about the alleged theft when they detained Forrester-Westad on Dec. 19.

Court records say Forrester-Westad told police he was with Ledden when they stopped at the Crossroads Car Wash to wash a vehicle on Nov. 18.

While Ledden was exchanging bills for quarters, he noticed the door to access behind the change machine was open.

Forrester-Westad claimed they used a bucket from Ledden’s vehicle to empty quarters and they removed money from the bill machine.

Police said Forrester-Westad claimed they drove to a bank in Dickson City where a third unidentified person cashed in coins, the complaints say.

Ledden was arraigned Monday by District Judge Rick Cronauer in Luzerne County Central Court on charges of criminal conspiracy to commit burglary, theft and criminal trespass. He was jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $10,000 bail on the Hanover Township charges.

Forrester-Westad was arraigned Friday by District Judge Joseph Halesey in Hanover Township on charges of burglary, theft and criminal trespass. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.

Ledden and Forrester-Westad are also facing charges by Kingston police alleging they stole nearly $12,000 worth of tools from Multiscape, a subcontractor for the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority, on Sept. 19, and stealing a catalytic converter from a vehicle owned by Aaron’s on Nov. 13, court records say.

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By Ed Lewis

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