Alleged car wash coin machine thief arrested

Officers say they found him with hammer, bolt cutters

State Journal Staff Report Published:

A 25-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday morning for allegedly breaking into and stealing money from coin-operated machines at JLT Car Wash on East Main Street.

Frankfort Police arrived at the car wash around 3 a.m. in response to a complaint about a burglary in progress, according to a press release. There they found Jerry Smith, with a hammer and bolt cutters lying on the ground beside him, the release said.

Smith was taken to Franklin County Regional Jail. He is charged with first-degree criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools and receiving stolen property.

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  • Steve, even a pair of scissors would be considered as burglary tool if found on a person charged. I see the tattoo neck has made bond. I know his parents & this young man was brought up better than this. Shame they couldn't had slapped the snot out of him before he got his neck tattooed & forever prevented him from a descent career job.

  • Gee, I have a hammer and a pair of bolt cutters in my garage. Does the intention to commit burglary make ordinary objects into 'burglary tools,' or do ya guess he had more items with him?