Leachville police investigating thefts from vending machines

Leachville police investigating thefts from vending machines


Leachville police have new clues to a string of vending machine break-ins and they hope the public can help them solve the crimes.

In April, a victim reported a theft at his vending machine with an estimated loss between $500 and $700.

Following the theft, the victim set up security cameras near his vending machines located throughout Leachville.

Police Chief Steve Lancaster told Region 8 News that last week the victim reported more attempted thefts. This time the suspect was caught on camera.

The first video is from September 8 around 4:30 a.m. The footage shows a white car, possibly a Dodge or Chevy with Missouri tags, pull up near the vending machines.

A white male, who police believe may be older due to the fact that he puts glasses on prior to breaking into the machines, is seen using what appears to be a lock pick device to get into the vending machine.

A second video recorded on April 10 around 11:15 p.m. shows the same vehicle and same suspect get out of the car to break into a soda and candy machine.

Police say the suspect has multiple tattoos, including what appears to be a woman with long black hair on the inside of his left forearm, an eagle on his right forearm and multiple indistinguishable tattoos on his arms, right hand and the right side of his neck.

A police report states they believe the letters "JLM" are on the license plate as well.

If you have any information about these thefts, call the Leachville Police Department at (870) 539-6713.

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