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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 10, October 2011, Posted On: 9/26/2011

Robbers Stun Gun Philly Driver, Steal Collections

Emily Jed
vending machine route driver, vending machine robbery, vending robbery, Canteen Vending, University of Pennsylvania robbery, vending machine driver, vending route driver, vending machine crime, National Automatic Merchandising Association

PHILADELPHIA -- A Canteen Vending route driver was robbed and shot with a stun gun on Sept. 23, while servicing the University of Pennsylvania, according to an alert issued by the National Automatic Merchandising Association's eastern office.

The driver reportedly was standing by the back of his truck near the university's Huntsman Hall when he was approached by two men dressed in blue shirts and black pants carrying bolt cutters. The robbers told the driver to open the truck. He complied, and the criminals then stunned gunned him and threw him into the truck, according to the NAMA alert.

The driver was forced to open the safe, and the thieves reportedly escaped with his collection bags and his company cellphone.

When he was able to drive away, the driver noticed he was being followed. He called a supervisor on his personal cell phone to report what happened, who then contacted the police.

Canteen, the nationwide vending division of Compass Group North America, has notified the University of Pennsylvania about the incident and campus security is reviewing surveillance tapes. The vending company has also put other Philadelphia accounts on alert and asked them to inform Canteen and the police if anyone comes to their facility that they do not recognize as their regular routeperson.

NAMA also alerted its members that another vending company in the Philadelphia area reported that one of its vehicles was burglarized last week. The route driver had noticed a vehicle following him; while the vehicle was parked unattended, thieves allegedly broke in and stole several thousand dollars in collections and change funds.

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