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Caught on Tape: Duo rob arcade game of hundreds in quarters

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -- Chesterfield Police are looking for some bold criminals who they say is responsible for stealing hundreds of dollars in quarters from a Chesterfield restaurant game room.

It all went down a few weeks ago at the Cici's Pizza on Commonwealth Centre Parkway and it was all caught on tape!

Police tell us the store employees noticed a few days after the crime went down that money was missing. Then, employees went through surveillance tape and found the crime.

In the video obtained by NBC12, it shows the two suspects police identified casing out the arcade game room of the restaurants.

At one point, the guy involved was even playing one of the games.

Then moments later -- the video shows what looks like the woman acting as a decoy as the man breaks into the machine and steals the quarters.

The duo did something similar on another game.

Store owner Jay Dean says just last year he installed a camera in the Chesterfield store because of similar robberies at other stores he owns. "They left us alone for a while once we got the cameras but these guys thought to hide behind the camera at these machines actually."

Detective Kevin Bacon says this is a pretty unusual crime for Chesterfield.

"We found them using some type of pry-tools to break into these machines," says Det. Bacon. 

The two police are targeting had to do some work to get all of the coins out of the machines, including breaking through a dead bolt lock. The damage was still there weeks after the crime.

"Likely they were looking to see if anyone was paying attention to that back room and how often supervisors went back there and how often children go back there," adds Det. Bacon.  

The two were caught on camera grabbing some pizza at the restaurant, too.

Dean thinks they used their hoodies to get out with the loot. "There's other people in jail for doing this, so hopefully it won't be long before they are."

"More often than not, people are going to these coin exchange machines, where they can get bills for the coins," adds Det. Bacon.

If you know something like that, or if you know who the two are that are believed to be involved in the crime, call Crime Solvers at 748-0660.

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