A Lincoln man on parole for theft got 10 to 30 more years in prison last week for breaking into laundry rooms and stealing quarters from the coin-operated machines.
Lorenzo J. Towns, 27, pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary. He was sentenced by Lancaster County District Court Judge John Colborn.
In November, he was arrested on suspicion of breaking into laundry machines at five locations between Nov. 9 and 18.
Lincoln Police Department spokesperson Katie Flood said the exact amount of money stolen in the burglaries isn't known, but it likely wasn't much more than $90.
Towns was on parole for a previous break-in at a Lincoln laundry room. In that case, he was sentenced to four to eight years in prison, and served two.
After his release in September 2012, police received reports about a rash of coin-operated burglaries in apartment buildings near Towns' residence. A witness spotted him during one of the burglaries, and described him to police as “resembling the rap music artist Lil' Wayne with no muscles.”
Towns told police that he liked to search for cigarette butts around apartment complexes, most of them within a four block radius of his residence on D St.
But police found Towns' fingerprints at the burglary scenes and witnesses identified him as they man they saw at two of the burglarized buildings.
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