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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 6, June 2013, Posted On: 5/24/2013

Fired Coke Supervisor Steals Keys, Robs $9,000 From Vending Machines

Emily Jed
TAGS: vending machine, vending machine theft, Coca-Cola, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, Rory Luke, 43, Coca-Cola, vending machine master keys, stolen vending machine keys, Coke vending machines

NEW ORLEANS – A former Coca-Cola supervisor here was arrested for allegedly using stolen keys to loot thousands of dollars from vending machines.

According to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office here, Rory Luke, 43, was fired from Coca-Cola in May 2011 after he was allegedly caught on video surveillance cameras stealing cash from a vending machine. He then allegedly stole a set of master keys, which he used to continue to rob from the company's venders for more than a year.

Luke was arrested May 21 on two counts of theft, possession of stolen property and simple criminal damage to property, according to the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office. He allegedly confessed to stealing nearly $9,000 from company vending machines on 93 separate occasions between May 2012 and May 2013.

A Coca-Cola manager reportedly contacted the sheriff's office when he noticed that some vending machines were coming up short on a regular basis. Investigators identified Luke as a suspect.

The sheriff's department obtained a warrant to search Luke's residence, where they reportedly found three master key rings containing two dozen machine keys. Luke reportedly admitted to investigators that he stole the keys when he was fired and used them to steal from machines at two locations.

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