A woman is using a
universal key to open change machines at Speedway gas stations and steal
quarters, Chesterton Police said.
police, at 7:41 p.m. Saturday a woman entered the Speedway at 752 Indian
Boundary Road and used the key to open the change machine located next to
the cash register while the clerk was distracted. The theft was caught by a
surveillance camera, which shows the following, police said:
* The woman
approaches an unoccupied register, grabs a ticket for the lottery, and
pretends to fill it out.
* She then
“observes that the only attendant is busy” and moves the change machine
“until it’s in a better position so she can reach it.”
* Next she
“carefully pulls a key out of her pocket,” unlocks the machine, opens the
cover, and removes $42 in quarters.
* The woman puts
the money in her pocket, leaves the store, and flees the scene in a silver
four-door passenger car, possibly a Ford Escort.
Police said that
the suspect may be the same woman caught on video perpetrating the same kind
of theft at a Portage Speedway on the same night.
manager advised police “that the keys used to open the change machines are
universal for every machine at Speedway and believes that the subject could
be a former employee or working with a current employee.”
The suspect was
described as white female, middle-aged, heavyset, wearing a gray hooded
sweat shirt and carrying a large purse.
At the time the
clerk on duty was distracted by other customers and a phone call, police