By Beth Lawrence
Police have arrested a Cullowhee man and are looking for a Sylva woman on charges they robbed a local car wash.
Anthony Travis Arrwood, 34, of Devin Drive, Cullowhee, was arrested for one count of felony breaking and entering to a coin operated machine, one count of felony conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, one count of misdemeanor larceny and one count of misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon in relation to a break-in at the Do It Yourself Car Wash, said Police Chief Chris Hatton.
The owner of the car wash, located at 14 West Sylva Shopping Area, reported to police at 8:30 a.m. Thursday that someone had robbed the business “during the night and all the collected coins had been stolen,” Hatton said.
The owner provided police with security camera footage of the alleged offense showing a man and woman breaking into the coin operated machines at the car wash.
Detectives identified several potential suspects who could have been the male in the video and began to make contact with them.
Later that day around 3:30 p.m., Sylva Police conducted a traffic stop. Arrwood, who had been identified as a possible suspect, was in the car.
“They conducted a search of the vehicle and found evidence of the breaking and entering, including the coins,” Hatton said.
Arrwood was arrested and charged.
Approximately $50 in coins was stolen. Some of the money was recovered, but Hatton did not disclose how much.
The investigation identified the female suspect as Whisper Nicole Cogdill, 21, last known to be living in Sylva, and warrants were issued for her arrest.
“The outstanding arrest warrants are for felony conspiracy to commit breaking and entering and misdemeanor larceny,” Hatton said.
Anyone with information as to Cogdill’s whereabouts is asked to call the Sylva Police Department at 586-2916.
“The Sylva Police Department takes every report seriously, and our officers work hard to solve crime that occurs in our town,” Hatton said. “We are far less effective in this fight alone, we need our community’s help. Crime is a community problem, and the Sylva Police needs the community’s help to keep our beautiful town safe for everyone.”