A man in Miami was either really hungry for a snack or looking for some easy cash. He didn't get either.
Surveillance video released by police shows a would-be thief pushing a vending machine into an elevator and taking it for ride. The incident took place in May, after a security guard noticed that the vending machine in question had been moved from the first floor of an apartment building.
“He was quite brazen, and he was all caught on camera,” Miami Police spokesperson Kenia Fallat told WSVN-TV in Fort Lauderdale.
Police say the suspect, described as a slim man in his 50s or 60s with gray facial hair, took the machine for a ride all the way up to the building’s eighth floor.
“When he got to the eighth floor, he pushed it onto the hallway and it appears that he was intending to take the money that was inside the vending machine,” Fallat told WSVN.
However, the suspect didn’t succeed. He didn’t get any money out of the machine, police said. Or snacks, either.
It’s possible that the suspect also may have wanted to steal the entire machine.
“What he wanted to do was either take the money or also take the vending machine,” Fallat said.
Vending machines can often weigh around 700 pounds.
The machine’s money slot got damaged in the attempt, according to WSVN.
The suspect was wearing dark-colored baseball cap, turquoise shirt and jean shorts with black socks and sandals at the time of the alleged attempted burglary, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Tipsters can remain anonymous and amay be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
[Photo: Miami Police Department]
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