Thursday, December 17, 2015

Soda Machine Theft Suspect Is Nabbed

During the overnight hours of Nov. 15 into Nov. 16, unknown persons broke into the Pepsi Machine at the Dorchester Farmers Cooperative filling station on Washington Ave. 

Similar incidents occurred the same evening in Wilber, Raymond, Hickman, Nebraska City and other communities. 

The Dorchester Times ran a photo of the suspect in our Dec. 8 story when that suspect broke into a soda machine in Raymond. Saline County law enforcement has reason to believe this individual may have been involved in the Dorchester incident, since the break-ins are very similar.  

Today, we learn that Lancaster County law enforcement has cited a 35-year-old Omaha man they suspect broke in and stole change from pop machines four times last month.

The Lincoln Journal Star is reporting that investigators identified Matthew W. Snyder as the man captured on surveillance video breaking into a vending machine at Tony's Corner near Raymond on Nov. 21, Sheriff Terry Wagner said Thursday.

Deputies believe he broke into vending machines at the Firth Co-op twice and Jack and Jill Grocery in Hickman. Wagner said he learned how to break into them via a YouTube video, Wagner said.

Snyder was cited earlier this week with four counts of misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking.

No word yet if this is the lowlife who stole from the Dorchester Co-op's soda machine, but residents we spoke to in our community say they will still be on the lookout for would-be thieves.  

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