Man Tries To Steal Quarters From Sebastian Carwash

Man tries to steal quarters from a change machine at a Sebastian carwash.
Man tries to steal quarters from a change machine at a Sebastian carwash.

SEBASTIAN – You may not want to steal from a carwash while the owner is watching you on video surveillance.

Sherrod Almond, 44, was arrested on charges of Petit Theft, and Molestation of a Coin Operated Vending Machine on Friday.

The owner of the Carwash located at 921 Sebastian Boulevard observed a man retrieving coins from one of his vending machines.

The incident occurred for almost an hour as the owner watched Almond using a thin piece of metal to dispense the coins.

After calling the Sebastian Police, officers saw Almond still standing at the machine dispensing coins. He then turned around and walked to his vehicle once he saw law enforcement.

Officers told Almond they were there to investigate a theft and they needed to pat him down, which he agreed. Police found a large bulge of coins in his pockets, and a plastic bag of coins in the vehicle, according to the report.

Almond told police he was just getting coins to wash his car, but officers saw quarters everywhere.

Almond eventually confessed to using a thin metal rod, a piece of plastic, tape, and a string to defeat the coin machine, the report said.

He told officers that he was tricking the machine into thinking he inserted a $20 bill to get change.

Almond said he has several health issues and is currently disabled. He said his medical bills are piling up and that he has been in a long battle with Medicaid and disability, but is not receiving any money to assist him.

The total value of quarters in Almond’s possession was $167.50.

Almond was arrested and transported to the Indian River County Jail.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.