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Suwanee police still trying to ID library vending machine thieves

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

SUWANEE -- Suwanee police are still trying to identify an unusual pair of bandits, ones they say have been pilfering from vending machines at several Gwinnett County Public Library branches.

Two men believed to be in their 40s or 50s entered libraries on May 27 and June 14, somehow managing to crack open snack machines and make out with the coins inside, Suwanee police spokesman Sgt. Shane Edmisten said.

Police aren't sure exactly how they were able to gain access to the inside of machines at four different branches.

"We're not talking about that much money," Edmisten said, "but when you're driving around the county, it's probably several hundred dollars there for half a day's work."

The two men, caught on security footage, hit branches in Suwanee, Centerville, Collins Hill and Five Forks on May 27, Edmisten said. They are believed to have struck again at Collins Hill and Suwanee on Monday.

The suspect routinely caught on film actually taking the money is described as approximately 5-foot-4 and 125 pounds.

The other, who typically acts as a lookout, is believed to be about 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, Edmisten said.

Both have gray or white hair.

Edmisten was unsure of the times the bandits struck at other branches, but said they hit the Suwanee library in the late evening.

Anyone with information in the unusual crime is asked to call Suwanee police at 770-945-8995.

"We have seen vending machines get hit at motels before, but we haven't seen someone actually go into a public library where there are customers coming in and out and enter the vending machines," Edmisten said.