DEDHAM, MA -- A man who worked for a vending company before becoming an officer with the Massachusetts Department of Correction has been convicted of stealing more than $8,000 from vending machines in the greater Boston area owned by Next Generation Vending LLC (Stoughton, MA).
Donald Packard, 37, of Brockton, MA, pleaded guilty on April 8 in Norfolk Superior Court to seven charges of breaking and entering into a depository of money and larceny over $250. After the plea was accepted, Superior Court Judge Kenneth Fishman sentenced Packard to three years of probation and ordered that he pay full restitution to Next Generation Vending.
"This defendant violated public trust by engaging in this criminal conduct while he was a public employee," Attorney General Martha Coakley said. "He is being held accountable for breaking into and stealing thousands of dollars from vending machines."
Packard worked at the Department of Correction at the Bay State Correctional Center in Norfolk, MA, as a corrections officer and resigned in March 2013. Prior to that, he was an employee of a vending machine company whose Massachusetts assets have since been purchased by Next Generation.
Between September 2011 and July 2012, Packard reportedly stole from various vending machines located in the Norwood, Westwood and Dedham areas. The investigation reportedly revealed that all of the vending machines that Packard targeted were originally owned by the vending company that he worked for until 2010. They also all required a particular key that he used during his prior employment.
Packard allegedly kept this key and used it after he was no longer employed with the vending company to access and steal the money from the machines.
In July 2012, Packard was arrested by the State Police and arraigned in Dedham District Court. He was indicted by a Norfolk County Grand Jury and arraigned in Norfolk Superior Court in October 2012. In May 2012, Massachusetts state police, assigned to the attorney general's office, launched an investigation in response to a complaint from Next Generation Vending.
The case was prosecuted by assistant attorney general Sarah Bookbinder with assistance from investigator Taylor Glynn and the Massachusetts State Police. Authorities from the Department of Correction also assisted in the investigation.