Security arrested for vending machine thefts

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - September 24, 2009 On Tuesday September 22, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. Atlantic City Police received a call from Harrah's security. Security reported that 14 vending machines were broken into and vandalized. The thefts occurred on multiple guest room floors in the Marina Tower. The vending machines are owned by Globe Vending. A representative from Globe Vending indicated that the machines were damaged by forced entry.

The estimated damage to all 14 vending machines is estimated at over $5,000.00. The estimated money removed exceeds $2,000.00.

Surveillance cameras revealed the suspects were Harrah's security officers, later identified as Joe Callender, 22, of Mays Landing and Johnny Wright, 24, of Atlantic City. Callender and Wright were working the overnight shift and were in their security uniforms during the thefts. After the forced entry was made into each machine the cash box was stolen.

The investigation is continuing. Detective Kevin Burrows is the lead investigator and may be contacted at 609-347-5766.

Cooperation between Harrah's Security Supervisors, Globe Vending and the Atlantic City Police Department led to the arrests.

Both males were remanded to the Atlantic County Justice Facility in Mays Landing, New Jersey.

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