Sheriffs search for vending machine bandit

A crime spree in the Tri-State was caught on camera. 

The vending machine thefts started in Warrick County and Friday spread to Vanderburgh County.

It was a frustrating moment though for Brice Bennett as he pulled up to Copper Creek Apartments to find another one of his vending machines was broken into.

"I've had three machines get broken into in just a matter of days. So, one was in Evansville and one was in Boonville all in the same night and that's about 45 minutes apart so it blows my mind that he is that widespread."

Two other machines were busted up in Boonville on Tuesday and Thursday night. Vanderburgh and Warrick County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a suspect who's picture was caught on surveillance footage.

"The guy had drilled out the lock" said Bennett "he gets right in there and pops the lock open, opens the machine and will steal all the coins and all the money leave them destroyed and go on his way."

The damage from all three break-ins will leave a big hole in Bennetts wallet, costing him near 400 dollars.

" He is looking for easy targets" said Deputy Nal Luecke "this is sitting right here out in the open, its not inside and supposedly from the video we have he's fairly good at it -- gets in an out quickly."

If you have any information you are asked to contact Vanderburgh County or Warrick Co Sheriffs.

(Story originally published November 3rd 2017)


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