The prosecutor’s office has authorized a complaint against a 26-year-old Saline Township man accused of breaking in to a downtown Saline car wash, stealing coins and damaging property.
Around 4:45 a.m., Oct. 23, a Saline resident of the neighborhood heard metallic banging sounds and then later saw a man trying to get into a door and throwing a bar or pipe against the door at the car wash at 114 W. Michigan Ave. The person called police.
Saline Police Officers John Belknap and Sgt. Andrew Hartwig located and arrested the man near the damaged central office door. Nearby police found a football-sized rock and two long metal pipes. A coin-operated towel dispenser near the door was open and the padlocks were lying under the machine. At least two of the car wash bays had round locks removed from the coin operated wash controllers.
The car wash owner, Jim Haeussler, arrived at 6 a.m. and told police he didn’t believe the suspect was able to take any money, but he caused more than $4,300 in damages.
Police recovered car wash keys from the suspect’s pockets.
The man was arrested and booked at the Saline Police Department before he was driven to the Washtenaw County Jail for lodging.
The complaint includes charges of breaking and entering a building, malicious destruction of property, attempted breaking and entering and breaking and entering a coin box.