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Sold Out: Tip Leads To Arrest Of Vending-Machine Bandits

Posted October 31, 2006 5:48 a.m. EST

— Two men have been arrested in connection with a string of vending-machine break-ins at area schools over the past two months, police said.

A Crime Stoppers tip provided police with the identity of a suspect who was apprehended during a traffic stop in Raleigh on Monday, police said.

Matthew T. Moses, 27, of 415-C Benson Court in Cary, is charged with six counts of felonious breaking and entering, 14 counts of breaking into a coin- or currency-operated machine, three counts of damaging a coin- or currency-operated machine and three counts of felony larceny, police said.

A second suspect is in custody but hasn't yet been charged, Cary police said.

Break-ins and vending-machine burglaries have been occurring in Cary and Raleigh since mid-August, primarily at area high schools. Moses is charged in connection with thefts from Green Hope High School, Cary High School, Cary Swim Club, and Cary Christian School, and he also faces numerous charges in Raleigh, police said.