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School vending machine vandals caught on tape

Detectives say the burglars have caused about $10,000 in damage at local schools to steal a few buck

Posted: August 20, 2009 10:50 p.m.
Updated: August 21, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

Detectives suspect two young men caught on video bashing, prying and blow-torching open a school vending machine for a few dollars’ worth of change have caused more than $10,000 in damage to snack dispensers at six local schools since July.

The duo wore dark, baggy clothes and a backpack in the video, which showed them raiding the vending machine in the middle of the night, sheriff’s officials said. One of them bashed it with what appeared to be a large crowbar, then began prying. Eventually, he brought out a portable blow-torch and went to work until the machine popped open.

“The damage they’re doing to the machines is more than they’re getting out of the machines,” said Sgt. Darren Harris of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

The two burglars reportedly hit Bowman, West Ranch, Golden Valley, Canyon and Saugus high schools and Rancho Pico Junior High School between July 10 and Aug. 10.

“At 4 a.m. if you do see them walking down the street it would be pretty apparent,” Harris said, noting that few people walk around in dark clothes hauling burglary tools at that hour.

Anyone with information can call detectives at (661) 799-5153.

 

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