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U.S. Marshals, Boardman police arrest accused laundromat bandit

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) - Just one day after releasing surveillance video of a man breaking into a Mahoning Avenue laundromat, police have a suspect in custody.

Nicholas Kovacs, 33, was arrested by U.S. Marshals and Boardman police on Friday afternoon at 1941 Highlawn Ave. in Youngstown, according to Boardman Police Sgt. Paul Grimes. He is being held at the Mahoning County Jail on two felony counts of tampering with coin machines and two felony counts of vandalism.

Grimes said tips from the public helped solve the case after the suspect's photo was shown by local television stations.

Police said a man was captured on surveillance video stealing money and damaging machines at the Mahoning Laundromat One on Mahoning Avenue July 17. The suspect used a long metal instrument to pry open a coin box.

He walked over to the counter and put the quarters in his bag. He then put the coin box back and proceeded to the next machine.

Police said he stole $400 in quarters and caused more than $1,000 in damage.

On Tuesday, Boardman police said the same suspect broke into machines at the Maytag Laundromat on Youngstown-Poland Road around 2:45 a.m. This time, he did it while people were inside.

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