A well-placed video camera was just what the doctor ordered when a vending machine thief was caught ripping off Dr Pepper machines.
The alleged vending machine burglar, Jeremy Gunter, 41, is charged with multiple counts of theft and vandalism, one of those counts being a felony since the loss has been calculated over $1,000. He will face hearing Jan. 30.
He is charged in connection with three vandalisms of Dr Pepper machines at Taylor’s Heating and Air, Farmers Market, and Underwood True Value Hardware.
Gunter was linked to the crimes after police pulled video surveillance from Taylor’s.
“It showed a 2016 Chrysler, silver in color with a dent on the front driver’s side quarter panel,” said McMinnville Police detective Todd Rowland, noting the video also got an unobstructed view of the suspect’s face. The True Value video showed the same vehicle.
A pickup matching the one in the video was spotted by police but Gunter maintained he was not the person they were looking for. However, proof of the dent on his truck and the video of his face made police decide otherwise, leading him to be charged.
The damages and losses include $1,800 at True Value, $450 at Farmers Market, and $850 at Taylor’s.