Break rooms vandalized, suspects not found

By Lindsey Blakely
On January 23, 2012

On Friday, Dec. 9, Facilities Management reported multiple vending machines in the Education/Communications building being broken into and vandalized.

Officer Ryan Crawford reported the front glass being broken and multiple products missing from a total of five machines, owned by Coca-Cola and Swanson Machines.

It is believed that the suspects were attempting to take change from the machines but were unable to do so, taking food and drinks instead.

Products that were stolen or found on the floor include soft drinks, energy drinks, candy and pastries.

Lead Investigator Brian Shelton said there was an estimated $11,000 worth of damages.

The vendor representative for Coca-Cola was unavailable for comment.

While there are currently no suspects, if caught they will be charged with a Class C Felony, up to three to ten years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine.

"We don't believe it was an ASU student at this point," Shelton said. "But, if so they will be charged criminally and referred to student affairs."

Shelton also said there has been evidence, such as fingerprints and DNA, found at the scene and submitted to the crime lab.

As far as the vending machines, they are almost as good as new now.

"They have either been repaired or replaced," Shelton said. "However, we did have someone report the change machine being broken into, but it is still the original damage from the incident."

Early childhood special education major, Kaitlyn West, said she was dismayed at the damage caused.

"It's very sad that someone would take advantage of property like that," West, a sophomore of Jonesboro, said. "The building is here to help students get an education so that they can help make a difference in our world, yet someone didn't respect that."

She was also shocked at the cost of damages caused by the incident.

"Disturbances like that can really diminish the funds that would have otherwise been used to further our educations," West said. "The fact that someone selfishly ruined this for hundreds of students is disappointing."

Junior journalism major Evan Clower also said she couldn't believe the damages.

"It's amazing to think that there are people in this world who are so reckless to destroy machines on ASU property," Clower said, a Fayetteville native. "I just think it's ridiculous that even happened and I hope they catch whoever did it."

Shelton said no other incidents have happened since the one reported on Dec. 9.

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