Sometime between 7 p.m. on Friday, July 22, and 2 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, person or persons broke into a Pepsi machine at Peggy's Market on Highway 52.
Macon County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Danny Gross reported that the subject broke into the machine by cutting the padlock and then using a dent puller to jerk the lock off the machine. Approximately $50 in change was stolen.
The subjects also attempted to break into a Coca-Cola machine but failed to open the money container.
The second report was taken by Lafayette Police Officer Tammy Wright on July 23.
She reported that while on patrol, the Sure Vac driver flagged her down and informed her that the Pepsi machine was open at Lafayette Hometown Foods. Upon further investigation, it was found where the padlocks had been cut off of all six machines. Four Pepsi machines, one Coca-Cola machine, and one Ski machine had been tampered with. Money was only taken from the first Pepsi machine. The total amount of money missing was $100. The cost of the padlock was $40 and the damage to the machine was $150 for the money changer, $8 for the money box, and $80 for each lock.
The third report was taken by Officer Jason Roberts on July 24, at American Tool and Equipment Rental on Scottsville Road.
Chris Harp, owner of the business, reported that the machine was open with the lock missing and the cash and whole coin changer missing. Part of the coin container was found on the Scottsville Road. No sign of forced entry around the lock mechanism but there was a piece of the internal lock found on the ground.
Tony East is the owner of the drink machine. The estimated cost of the machine is between $400 and $500. The loss of money is $100.
The final report was taken on July 25, by Officer Kevin Woodard at Andrews's Motor Sales on Highway 52.
Jimmy Andrews reported that a Coke machine had been vandalized. He stated to the officer that it was his machine and he had emptied the change out of the machine on Saturday. He stated the machine was not damaged at 1:45 p.m. When he returned on Monday morning he found some person had tried to drill the lock mechanism out of the machine. No money was left in the machine, so no money was taken.
These cases are under investigation by the Lafayette Police Department and the Macon County Sheriff's Department.