Surveillance Cameras Capture Couple Stealing from Coin-Op Laundries

Surveillance tapes show California couple breaking into washer and dryer machines in Marin County


A Concord couple behind bars accused of breaking into washer and dryer machines at coin laundries in Marin County could face additional charges.

Alameda police Detective A.J. Brandt said surveillance tape shows Steven Reed Rossberg, 41, and Devanne Denise Agoado, 35, targeted laundries in Alameda on at least four occasions, using a drill to break into coin boxes attached to the machines.

Rossberg allegedly carried out the thefts, while Agoado, who police described as his girlfriend, acted as lookout.

The amount of quarters stolen from the Alameda businesses ranges from $160 to $600.

Brandt said Thursday he plans to ask the Alameda County District Attorney's Office to file conspiracy and burglary charges against Rossberg and Agoado.

The pair were already in custody in Marin County -- where they are accused of carrying out similar thefts at laundries -- when Alameda detectives identified them as the suspects wanted here.

Among the evidence linking the couple to the Island thefts is a clipping of an Alameda Journal article from June.

The article described the thefts and was posted on a bulletin board in Launderland on Lincoln Avenue near Oak Street. Surveillance tape shows Rossberg tearing it down during one of the thefts, according to police.

The clipping was later found inside the cab of a red 2004 Dodge Dakota the couple allegedly used in the thefts. A portion of the article was torn off, and the missing piece was later found still attached to the bulletin board.

On May 21, the couple hit Rags Coin Laundry on Central Avenue, according to police. Five days later, they broke into machines at Launderland.

The pair are accused of targeting Launderland on Blanding Avenue twice, including once about a week before the Central Avenue theft.

They are believed to have returned to the Launderland on Lincoln Avenue on July 14, when police said Rossberg ripped the article down.

Along with cases here and in Marin County, Rossberg faces charges in connection with a laundry burglary May 4 in Vacaville.