OCEAN CITY, MD – The Ocean City Police Department is asking for assistance from the public regarding multiple vending machine thefts over the last several days.
On April 4, 2016, at approximately 8:25 a.m. Ocean City police took a report for thefts from a total of eight Coca-Cola vending machines. These vending machines were located on several floors of the Dunes Manor Hotel (specifically the 2nd through 5th floors and 7th through 10th floors), located at 2800 Baltimore Avenue.
In all, approximately $1,300 in cash was stolen from the vending machines, and approximately $8,000 in damage was reported. According to a Coca-Cola representative, these machines were last serviced on February 23. However, the hotel guests began making complaints about the damaged machines between April 2 and April 4.
It should be noted that another Coca-Cola vending machine was broken into between 11 p.m. on April 1, and 9:30 a.m. on April 2 at 3305 Coastal Highway. The bill collector was damaged with a pry tool; however, this machine was not stocked and did not contain any cash. Due to the location of this vending machine being in close proximity to the Dunes Manor Hotel, there is a strong likelihood that these two incidents were committed by the same suspect(s).
No surveillance footage was captured during any of the vending machine thefts and there is no suspect information at this time. Anyone with information regarding these thefts is asked to contact Pfc. Kory Moerschel at firstname.lastname@example.org.