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Politician steals $225,000 in coins from laundry machines

By Mason White 11:27 AM February 8, 2016
Coin operated laundry machines 

By: Chan Yuan
A politician was arrested on a charge of theft after stealing thousands of coins from laundry machines at laundromats, police in the United Kingdom said.

Now, 52-year-old Jonathan Woodley-Shead of Oxfordshire, has been sentenced to serve three years in prison after being convicted of theft.

According to the police investigation, Woodley-Shead maintained laundry machines while working for the Armstrong Commercial Laundry Systems company.

During his time as an employee, Woodley-Shead used a key to steal coins from the boxes of washing machines and dryers located at 23 different locations.

The politician stole around $6,000 in coins per month over a period of several years. The company became suspicious after he showed up at the RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, without receiving a service call.

After the politician was arrested he resigned from office.

Woodley-Shead represented Sandford and Wittenhams.