Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Vending Machine Vandals Strike Again

Like many other things, criminal activity sometimes occurs in cycles. Cookeville police are now reporting another spike in reports of vending machine vandalism. Over the past few days, at least five cases have been reported where someone goes up to either a Coke or Pepsi machine and tries to pry open the dollar bill validator. Police say in almost all of the cases, the damage to the machine is more than the money inside of it. Current cases under investigation include incidents at machines on South Willow Avenue, West Broad Street, Bunker Hill Road, and West 8th Street. Meanwhile, police say new technology also means new temptations for thieves. They are investigating a handful of cases in which GPS systems or satellite radio units have been stolen out of cars.