Police are looking for a suspect who helped a homeless Santa Cruz man break into several commercial cash machines. On Tuesday, police arrested 35-year-old Floyd Sparks of Santa Cruz for allegedly stealing money from at least seven different machines, police said. Police said Sparks was aided by another unknown man who is between 35 and 45 years old. Beginning Nov. 23, witnesses and surveillance cameras caught two suspects stealing money from the machines, police said. The men would steal the money by drilling out the locks on the machines, which were mostly located in Laundromats and public parking garages, according to police. Police noticed a vehicle in the background of some surveillance footage, and on Dec. 8 they saw a similar vehicle traveling on Ocean Street near Soquel Avenue. Detectives spoke to the vehicle’s occupants and discovered Sparks had previously driven the car, police said. They also learned he might have been staying at a motel in the 200 block of Second Street in Santa Cruz. Sparks was located and positively identified as the subject in the video, according to police. Investigators obtained a warrant and searched Sparks’s hotel room, where police said they found money, gloves, a backpack seen in the surveillance footage, quarter rolling papers, and a broken lock from a changemachine. The second suspect has not been arrested or identified, police said. He is believed to drive a 1980s model white Jeep Grand Cherokee. Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text us at 408-355-0999 or send a confidential email tip, if you know the name of this man or have any information that can help solve this crime.
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