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Issue Date: Vol. 57, No. 1, January 2017, Posted On: 1/3/2017


Bulk Vending Thief Is Nabbed In Nebraska


Hank Schlesinger
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TAGS: bulk vending, coin-op, vending machine thefts, Matthew Hartfield, coin machine, gumball machine

OMAHA, NE -- The police departments of Omaha and Council Bluffs reported that a suspect connected to a string of bulk vending machine robberies is in custody. Police officials said Matthew Hartfield, 33, a resident of Council Bluffs, was arrested in connection to two vending machine thefts in Council Bluffs and a dozen more in nearby Omaha.

The one-man crime spree, according to local news, may have involved more than 30 vending machines over a two-month period. Machines were stolen from a wide range of locations that included banks, check-cashing establishments, restaurants and grocery stores.

If found guilty, Hartfield faces up to six years in jail and $12,000 in fines.


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