Teen Arrested for Laundry Mat Break-In
On Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 at about 3:00pm, officers were dispatched to the area of the 200 block of east Clay to search for a suspect who had just fled Rite Way Laundry.
Witnesses told police that the suspect had broken into one of the locked coin drawers and was stealing quarters.
Given a clear description of the suspect and with significant help from witnesses, officers were able to apprehend James Darrell Bledsoe, Jr., 18, of Cordell.
The arrest affidavit filed with the Washita County District Court states that Bledsoe “admitted that he had been to the laundry mat and had attempted to take quarters from one of the coin operated washers”. He was arrested for burglary in the second degree, a felony.
“Without a doubt, witnesses played a key role in the apprehension of Mr. Bledsoe,” stated Chief of Police Daniel Allen. “A great physical description along with the assistance I received in locating Mr. Bledsoe was invaluable.” Allen continued, “We encourage everyone to be a part of preventing, observing, and reporting crime. However, be sure to keep personal safety in mind. We have the tools and training to apprehend these criminals, but we still depend upon our community to help us identify and prevent crimes.”