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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 11, November 2012, Posted On: 10/12/2012

Woman Charged With Felony For Torching Vending Machine After Losing Money

Emily Jed
TAGS: vending, vending machine vandalism, vending machine fire, Debra Johnson, beverage vender, Piggly Wiggly, vending machine ablaze

NEW BERN, NC -- A North Carolina woman faces felony charges for taking revenge on a vending machine after it didn’t dispense her drink or refund her money.

Police identified 43-year-old Debra Johnson as the woman caught kicking the malfunctioning beverage vender on a surveillance camera in front of a Piggly Wiggly grocery store. The footage then shows her lighting a piece of newspaper and sticking it in the machine, setting it on fire. Minutes later, the machine was ablaze.

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When firefighters arrived, they extinguished the fire in a few minutes.

Johnson admitted setting the fire and now faces two felony charges: burning of personal property and burning of certain buildings. Her next court date is Oct. 26. She is in jail with her bail set at $10,000.

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