The main suspect connected to a pop machine break-in was in Minnehaha County Court on Monday. Casey Anderson, 28, faces several charges including possession of burglary tools and four counts of simple assault. While in court, it was revealed he faced similar charges for breaking into vending machines in 2007 and 2008 in Florida and Arkansas.
Authorities arrested Anderson on Friday, just one day after surveillance video captured a man taking money from a pop machine at Brandon Coin Laundry. The video also shows an employee who tried to stop him. A dispatcher who works for Med-Star Paramedic, also owned by the man who owns Brandon Coin Laundry, saw the theft in action on surveillance video. When he confronted the suspect, the two got into a physical fight. The dispatcher pulled off the suspect's sweatshirt, which police used as evidence.
Authorities say he is the main suspect in this crime and believe he could be connected to other similar vending machine break-ins in Minnehaha County. However, authorities say he may not be connected to a particular incident in which a surveillance camera caught the face of the suspect, who does not appear to Anderson. Right now, authorities estimate the damage for these crimes at about $20,000.