Owner monitoring camera catches woman stealing from laundry mat

Owner monitoring camera catches woman stealing from laundry mat (Image 1)
Owner monitoring camera catches woman stealing from laundry mat (Image 1)

A business owner alerted police after he saw a woman stealing from a local laundromat on Monday morning.

Police reported the owner of King Neptune Laundry, located at 1533 Columbia Avenue, was remotely monitoring a camera when he noticed a woman, identified as Melissa Hardeman, breaking into machines and a supply office.

Owner George Roland's wife called police from home and they responded to take the 34-year-old woman into custody.

Roland uses security cameras that livestream what is going on in the store.

“And any time, whether we're riding in the car or at home, you turn it on and it shows who's in the laundromat and what they're doing,” he explained.

Franklin police lieutenant Charles Warner said that more and more businesses and home-owners are taking advantage of live-feed technology.

“When they see something happening and they need to alert authorities, they're able to do so, not only to tell us that something is going on, but to feed us real-time information from inside the crime scene,” he said.

Hardeman is charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools.

She has since been released on a $3,500 bond and is scheduled to be in court on June 6.

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