Greeley laundry thief caught on video stealing family's clothes

Mother of five says thief took 10 loads

GREELEY, Colo. - A Greeley mother of five said a thief stole ten loads of her laundry, and it was all caught on camera.

"Those are my towels," said Crystal Martin, watching video of a woman quickly unloading a dryer at the Speed-O-Mat Laundry in Greeley. "They're not even dry yet!"

Martin, a mother of five young daughters, already has her hands full with a broken washing machine and  ten loads of laundry at a time.

"I have five girls. They wear a lot of clothes," she said with a smile.

But last Tuesday, she briefly left the laundromat between loads, and when she came back, her clothes were gone, including her 11-year-old daughter Shawna Martin's favorite shirt.

"It was really pretty," said Shawna Martin. "It had lace all over it. It was brown and really sparkly. It was my favorite."

Strangely, the woman in the video stuck around and told Crystal Martin she had seen the thief.
 
The next say, the woman called Martin, confessing and promising to give the clothes back if she wasn't arrested. Martin said someone even dropped off a load of towels at the laundromat and at an abandoned house, but the clothes were never returned.
 
Greeley police said they are following up on the case.
 
Martin said her mom's group on Facebook has donated some clothes to help replace those stolen, and she and her husband are working overtime to make extra money to repair the washing machine.
 
Meanwhile, Martin hopes airing the video of her dirty laundry will help catch the woman who took it.
 
"I want to see her go to jail. She really hurt my family," said Martin. "Nobody ever expects to have to replace most of their wardrobe all in one shot."