ENGLEWOOD, FL – A man and woman who entered an Englewood laundromat and smashed a slot machine on May 8 are now in custody.
According to authorities, at approximately 10:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, two individuals entered a laundromat in Englewood; the male wore a monkey mask and wielded a mace, the female wore glasses and had bleached blonde hair with a “Don’t Make New York My Florida” T-shirt.
Once inside, the man, later identified as 32-year-old Michael Justin Rowe, began smashing the coin changer on the wall with the hammer. He then withdrew about $800 in cash from the machine.
The woman, later identified as Taylor Marie Farrell, 34, could be heard shouting at the man, “We have to go. You’ve been here too long. Taylor then picked up the hammer and the couple left the company together. Upon leaving, the suspects got into a blue Mercury Marquis and fled.
At that time, photos from the laundromat’s security cameras were posted to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, along with a request for help identifying the subjects. Community tips poured in, and soon after, deputies had definitely identified Taylor.
“I want to thank the members of the community who never fail to share information that helps catch criminals. That’s what a community is all about: working together for the good of all. This sends a message to anyone who thinks maybe they can get away with something. You can’t, because this county is unified to keep crime out and hold accountable those who try.
SHERIFF BILL PRUMMELL
On May 11, Taylor Farrell was located, now blue-haired, and arrested. According to authorities, she provided a full confession. Through investigative means, Michael was identified as the other suspect and found to be the registered owner of a blue Mercury Marquis. Deputies located and arrested Michael on May 16. Michael and Taylor are being held at the Charlotte County Jail.