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A 37-year-old female breaks into a vending machine and steals the money

Posted by Travis Uresk | May 28th, 2023 | Theft |

By Travis Uresk


Roosevelt, Ut.-On 4/9/23, Officer Pedersen was dispatched to speak with the complainant regarding his soda and candy vending machines at Kody's Laundromat at 71 North 200 East had been burglarized.

The complainant stated his staff contacted him at 9:00 pm on 4/8/23 and was informed that the vending machines were not working. He checked the security camera footage and discovered a female had broken into the vending machines and stolen $300 on 4/6/23, around 6:00 pm.

The complainant stated he was informed by staff that the suspect caused around $1500 in damage to the vending machines. He also said he was out of town until 4/14/23 and was not able to provide any other information besides the photos of the suspect.

Officers identified the female suspect as 37-year-old Lois Louise Tomlin by the photos and security camera footage.

Lois Louise Tomlin

After about four minutes of attempting to break into the machine, the video shows Tomlin walking away from the vending machine.

Tomlin returns to the machine a second time at around 6:44 pm. Tomlin spends a little over four more minutes breaking into the vending machine and attempting to hide her efforts while breaking into the vending machine from others and a small child who had accompanied her to the laundromat.

Once Tomlin breaks the lock, she opens the machine, and the video shows her removing the cash box and stealing all the money from the box. It also shows Tomlin removing the coin storage, and she then closes the vending machine and walks out of view of the camera.

Tomlin returns later with an empty coin box, then tries to reopen the machine. She decided not to open the machine and instead discarded the empty coin box in the garbage bin that was located next to the vending machine.

The owner sent an invoice for all the damaged parts to the vending machine, and the total amount was $1575.70 to repair the machine.

On 5/6/23, Officers located Tomlin and took her into custody. She informed the Officers she knew they had the event on camera. Tomlin elected not to speak with Officers after making that statement.

Lois Tomlin was transported and booked into the Duchesne County Jail on 5/6/23.


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