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Posted at 08:26 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Guilty plea in theft of vending machine bill validators

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A former Coca-Cola employee has pleaded guilty to stealing more than 700 bill validators from vending machines in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore.

Thirty-six-year-old James Thomas Coleman, 36, formerly of Alexandria, Va., entered the plea on Tuesday.

The Capital of Annapolis reports that he was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and a year of unsupervised probation.

Bill validators process paper money in vending machines. Prosecutors say Coleman removed 767 of the validators and sold them on eBay. The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. estimates the stolen devices were worth at least $76,000.

Coleman currently lives in Illinois.

By the Associated Press  |  08:26 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Categories:  Anne Arundel, Baltimore, From the Courthouse

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