Sunday, February 17, 2008

Coke or Pepsi? Man charged with molesting a vending machine


One of my bosses pointed out one of the funniest crimes I've seen police charge a suspect with. This entry is in FLORIDA TODAY today:

6:45 p.m. Feb. 12. Arrested: Michael Scott Odom, 33, of 880 Buffalo Road, Titusville. Charges: retail theft/felony, battery on law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving, grand theft, burglary, criminal mischief, possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest without violence, molest coin operated vending machine.
I've certainly had times when the bags of chips wouldn't drop or the can of soda wouldn't pop out of the vending machine. I've shaken the thing, kicked it, violently jiggled the coin return lever - most of the time to no avail. I didn't know I could get charged with a crime because of it.

For Mr. Odom - judging from the laundry list above - I'm sure his alleged molestation of the vending machine is the least of his worries. I'm not sure if this charge is separate from the same one he received in September in connection with a break-in at an elementary school. For that story, click here. Here's an excerpt:
A caretaker for the school called police at 2:14 a.m. after hearing banging coming from the school. Officers surrounded the school and after several minutes of searching, Odom ran from the southwest exit of the school, according to police reports. Odom eventually stopped, dropping a crowbar he was carrying. Officers found $109.35 on Odom, most of which was $1 bills and over $30 in quarters and nickels.
The next time the Coke machine doesn't cooperate, I'll think twice.

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