California Laundromat Owners Move to Alabama After 12 Break Ins in Six Months


Derek Thoms and his extended family have been operating successful laundromats around California’s Bay Area for more than a decade.

Thoms is fed up after 12 break-ins against his business over the last six month. 

In January, thieves stole the ATM when a truck drove through the front of the shop.

“That used to be a crime that would probably happen around 2, 3, 4 o’clock in the morning. They did it at 7 a.m.,” Thoms said.

Thoms insists that no action has been taken despite all of the video evidence.

“Within a week, they stole $5,000 of quarters and ruined an $11,000 change machine,” Thoms said.

It was the last straw for the business owner who felt frustrated when thieves attempted to steal his truck. Thoms was almost caught on camera by a doorbell as he ran after his dogs.

Fed up, Thoms asked his family, as well as his brother and his family, and his mom and dad if they all wanted to move to Alabama. 

They all moved over 2,000 miles from the Bay Area to Muscle Shoals.

Even with lots more room with a big new house, Thoms’ wife, Skylar, admits their new location is a bit of a culture shock.

“Definitely very, very hard, but the right decision,”Skylar added.

They are planning to open new laundromats throughout Alabama. The ones in California are up for sale but haven’t found any takers.