Police arrested two men suspected of stealing slot machines from several 7-Eleven stores in Fairfax County.
A 7-Eleven store employee called police and said two men stole a slot machine around 9 p.m. Tuesday and loaded it into a silver truck.
The store was located at 8434 Frye Road in the Mount Vernon area of Alexandria, according to a release from the Fairfax County Police Department.
Police searched the area and found a truck that matched the description and had parts from an arcade machine in the back of the truck. The driver and passenger also wore clothes that matched the store’s surveillance photos, police said.
The driver has been identified as Leonard Jones, 59, of Maryland. The passenger is Terrell Hardy, 35, from Maryland.
Police believe the two men are likely related to theft of slot machines at 7-Elevens in McLean, Springfield and Alexandria. The robbers have had four successful thefts and two failed attempts.
Surveillance video from another theft in Fairfax County showed the masked thieves stealing a video game machine from a store. The suspects appear brazen and blundering, tripping over water bottles as they escape.
“They came in, they just used a crowbar to break the locks and then it escalated to where they started taking the whole machine out,” said Fairfax County police spokesman Ryan Lazisky.
Once inside the stores, the thieves forcibly removed the gaming devices, opened them and stole the money.
Police later snapped a photo of a slot machine dumped in the woods after the money inside was stolen.
“These machines can hold up to $40,000,” Lazisky said.
Lazisky confirmed that some of that money has been recovered.
News4 reached out to 7-Eleven for comment, but have not heard back.