WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — A woman was seen on surveillance video stealing clothes from dryers in a laundromat. This laundry bandit could be facing federal charges after making off with a federal employee’s uniform. So far, no one has been arrested but police do have a person of interest detained.

(credit: Washington Township Police)

Many people can’t understand why someone would walk into an apartment complex laundry facility and make off with other people’s loads of laundry. But that’s exactly what happened at Washington Way Apartments on Friday night.

“I can’t understand why someone would want to steal somebody else’s clothes,” Washington Township resident Trina Coraluzzo said.

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Coraluzzo says there seems to be a problem with people stealing laundry in the Washington Township apartment complex, so she always stays in the facility until her load is finished.

But one United States Postal Service employee did not, and their uniforms were stolen.

“They always said they had cameras in here but you didn’t see the actual eye of the camera until recently,” Coraluzzo said.

Those surveillance cameras caught the thief in the act.

(credit: Washington Township Police)

Stealing U.S. Postal Service worker’s clothing could be a federal charge. Once Washington Township Police caught wind of the laundry bandit, officers began their investigation.

“They’re federal employees and it could potentially lead to some issues if someone gets their hands on them, that would decide to wear the uniform out and about,” Washington Township Police Capt. Christopher Pelosi said.

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Police are hoping to have the investigation ironed out quickly. Once an arrest is made, the suspect could face theft charges or federal charges depending on the circumstances.

Anyone with information about this incident or woman can call police at 856-589-0330.

Kimberly Davis

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