Pepsi offers reward for local pop machine bandit

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 28, 2005

COAL GROVE-They were more than thirsty; they were thieves.

Coal Grove Police are asking for help in catching the culprits who broke into soft drink machines in the village earlier this week and now Pepsi Cola Bottling is offering a reward in the case.

Coal Grove Police Sgt. Jason Bloomfield said two Pepsi machines and Forth's Foodfair were broken into Wednesday morning between 5:30 and 6 a.m. The Coca Cola machine at All That was also broken into. Bloomfield said thieves walked away with an undetermined amount of money.

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"I just got off the phone with Pepsi and they said they were willing to give some type of reward," Bloomfield said. "They didn't say what or how much."

Bloomfield said anyone with information, or who might have been driving by the grocery store at that time Wednesday morning is asked to call the village police department at 532-1533 and leave the information on the answering machine. The informant may remain anonymous.

Bloomfield said he thinks these incidents may be related to others throughout the county recently. Earlier this week, thieves broke into the Pepsi machines at the 243 Pitstop in Perry Township.

"I think once we wrap up these, we'll wrap up a few more, too," Bloomfield said. "But I wish these companies would empty the money out of their machines daily. I think that would help. I think people would be less likely to break into them if they were emptied daily."