UI vending machines burglarized

By Kathleen Foody

Two reports of burglarized vending machines in University buildings were added Monday to the University Police Department’s list of similar crimes since the end of March.

Money was removed from seven machines between March 31 and Monday. Five of those burglaries occurred before May 4.

Police believe the same offender is responsible for all the break-ins.

“I’m fairly confident in saying it appears it might be the same person based on the way they’re doing them,” said Lt. Roy Acree with the department. “They’re all similar except for one in how they have broken into the machine.”

The suspect has broken the part of the machine that stores cash taken in, Acree said.

Police have asked the public to report any suspicious persons or activity around vending machines in University buildings.