Police: Woman stole $14K in quarters from laundry machines

CLAY, N.Y. (AP) – State police say they’ve charged a former leasing agent for a central New York apartment complex with stealing more than $14,000 in quarters from the property’s coin-operated laundry machines.

Troopers say Alisha Russell, of Syracuse, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with grand larceny. Police say she stole the funds over a 10-month period from the machines at a complex in the Onondaga County town of Clay, just north of Syracuse.

Investigators told The Post-Standard that Russell had a key to the machines and regularly collected money from them as part of her job. Police say she lost her job for unrelated reasons before the investigation into the coin thefts began.

Russell has been released on her own recognizance. Her lawyer wasn’t available to comment on the charges.

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