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Police seek vandal who does thousands in damage to soda machines

A vandal smashed 10 soda vending machines early this week, apparently in pursuit of small amounts of cash, Medford police said.

The damage to all 10 machines is estimated to be in excess of $10,000, although only $30 to $40 was snatched from each machine, police said.

The string of break-ins happened overnight on Sunday, Monday and into early Tuesday, investigators said. The targeted machines were outdoors as businesses on Court Street, McAndrews and Biddle roads. Many were Pepsi vending machines.

Video surveillance from the Yellow Submarine Car Wash on Court Street provided clear images of the suspect.

He is a white man between 18 and 25, around 5 feet 9 inches tall who appears to weigh between 150 and 170 pounds. He wore a red hooded sweatshirt under a gray sweatshirt, two tone sweat pants that were dark on the front and light on the back, and dark Vans style shoes with white trim. He was seen riding a "long board" style skateboard on some video.

Anyone with information on these cases is asked to contact Detective Katie Ivens, 774-2266.

— Anita Burke