Teens nabbed in vending machine theft

Crime AV AlertLANCASTER – Three teens were apprehended early this morning [Aug. 19] by sheriff’s department personnel assigned to Antelope Valley College following a theft from a vending machine near the California State University, Bakersfield-Antelope Valley campus.

Campus security officers on routine patrol about 12:30 a.m. spotted three suspects near a vending machine and tried to detain them, according to deputy Ramon Murgatroyd.

However, the suspects fled on foot to a nearby residential area near 30th Street West and Avenue J-9 where they were apprehended in the front yard of a home.

The suspects, ages 16 to 17, were found to be in possession of cash reportedly taken from the machine. They will face charges of theft and curfew violation. They were released to their guardian.

Anyone seeing suspicious activity on campus is urged to call the campus sheriff’s office at 661-722-6399 or ext. 4444 using a campus phone. The sheriff’s department staffs AVC 24 hours a day.

(Information via AVC Campus Update.)

  8 comments for “Teens nabbed in vending machine theft

  1. Nancy P.
    August 20, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I wonder if these thieves are also responsible for the burglaries on the crime map, just released. Same neighborhood. Between J and K, 25th W and 30th W.

  2. AVcares
    August 20, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    @ dumbandblind … I agree with you, and the so called guardian should be made to pay for all damages to the machines. A bag of chips today, a car tomorrow!!

  3. dumbandblind
    August 19, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Released to their guardian who probably told them what to do in the first place. The guardians should be detained as well for failing to raise them up as decent individuals.

  4. rome
    August 19, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    This is frontpage news? while the signs of apocalypse are all around us, we in the antelope valley are up in arms about teens breaking into a vending machine. and now the peanut gallery….:

    • kat
      August 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      little things turn into big things.. it was cash not just a soda.. and stealing is stealing..

      • rome
        August 19, 2013 at 6:33 pm

        Case and point! more to follow:

    • Letlow
      August 19, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Today’s vending machine thief is tomorrow’s home burglar and next week’s armed hold up. I say shame them straight by naming names and hopefully we can stop budding career criminals in their tracks.

    • FUNNY
      August 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Great news now we know where all the 7UP went

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