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Laundromat robber's disguise doesn't wash, police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: May 13 2013 10:31:40 PM CDT
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A man who tried to clean out several coin boxes at a laundromat last week wore a disguise that didn't work, officials said.

Mark W. Delarosa was identified from surveillance footage by an employee of the Coin Laundry, 631 Long St., Bethlehem, as the man who ripped a surveillance camera from the ceiling and damaged four washer-dryer coin drawers, four washer and one dryer front panels and a closet door at around 4:45 p.m. May 5, officials said.

The Coin Laundry employee told police he recognized Delarosa as the customer wearing a shirt and shorts who was acting suspicious while doing his laundry around 7 a.m. May 5, officials said, even though Delarosa put on a hat and sunglasses when he returned several hours later and caused an estimated $3,210.68 in damage.

Delarosa, 45, of 56 East Garrison St., Bethlehem, was arraigned Saturday night on charges of theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief and released on $2,500 unsecured bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. May 20.