Wet N Wild Car Wash

Police say a man has stolen from change machines at the Wet N Wild Car Wash on U.S. 41 in Ringgold on multiple occasions over the past week. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)

Catoosa County detectives are searching for a man who has allegedly stolen hundreds of dollars in change from a local car wash over the past week, police say.

According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department, the thefts began on June 21 at the Wet N Wild Car Wash on U.S. 41 in Ringgold and have continued through June 27.

An employee told police a white male had been manipulating the change machines at the site and stealing money.

The employee explained that suspect has been attaching tape to $1 and $5 bills, inserting them into the change machine, and then pulling the bills back out after the machine has produced the change.

“He believes the man has stolen anywhere from $1,200 to $1,500,” Deputy Rebecca Jordan said.

The employee described the suspect as a white male in his 20s, approximately 5’5 with black hair, and driving a maroon 1990s model Volkswagen convertible, reports show.

The Volkswagen is believed to be either a Jetta or Rabbit with Illinois plates.

Anyone with information about the thefts, or the suspect is encouraged to contact the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department at 706-935-2424.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.