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Oklahoma City vendors lose coins to machine theft



Hear that distant sound of shaking coins? That's the metro's vending machine population giving a big ol' sigh of relief (and maybe releasing a few cans of Diet Coke while they're at it). Could the scourge of Coca-Cola vending machines met its match?

According to an article on, Kendra Dimeo, 33, of Edmond was arrested following a warrant that alleges second-degree burglary.

According to police, a female suspect stood lookout while a man could be seen attacking poor, defenseless vending machines on a July 18 surveillance tape at Southwest Medical Center. The tape shows a woman passing a cordless drill to her cohort. The male suspect is then shown drilling out the machine lock and getting to the cash inside.

Dimeo and Jeff Warren, a 29-year-old from Oklahoma City, have been charged with two counts of burglary of a coin-operated machine. Warren is still at large.

According to the story, police said Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Co. has lost more than just a handful of quarters. Since October 2008, the company has reported $90,000 lost in cash and $120,000 in damages due to vending machine burglaries. That's a whole lot of loose change.

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