PD: Huntington man leaves discharge papers, coffee trail after he breaks into vending machine

Justin Holland (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Justin Holland (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Huntington Police officers arrested a 31-year-old man on a felony criminal mischief Friday charge after he allegedly broke into a vending machine at Lufkin's Memorial Hospital and stole its change box and coffee packets back in March.

Justin Wynn Holland, of Huntington, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a state-jail felony charge of criminal mischief between $1,500 and $20,000. No bail has been set at this time.

According to the arrest affidavit, a Lufkin Police officer was dispatched to Lufkin's Memorial Hospital on March in reference to a report that someone had broken into a coffee vending machine.

When he arrived on the scene, the LPD officer talked to a hospital employee and two security officers. The employee told the officer that he saw a man who was later identified as Holland walk into the small room where the vending machines were located.

The employee told the LPD officer that he noticed a trial of coffee leading from the room with the vending machines toward the outside of the building and called security to let them know what was going on. After the employee followed the coffee trail outside, he saw a man bent over and going through a pile of brown coffee looking for change.

Before the employee could make contact with the man, he got back up, walked toward the street, and got into a green Honda Accord driven by a woman. The employee told the LPD officer that he found Holland's hospital discharge papers on the floor near the pile of coffee.

Memorial's security people provided the investigating LPD detective with surveillance camera footage from the area where the incident took place, which is in Memorial's Stroke Center.

Although the video didn't catch Holland actually breaking into the vending machine, it did show him entering and leaving the vending machine room, the affidavit stated. The video also allegedly showed Holland leaving the room carrying a large bag containing coffee packets and the change box from the vending machine.

The LPD detective compared the surveillance video footage to Holland's driver's license photo and determined that they were a match.

According to the affidavit, the detective got an itemized list of the damage done to the machine from Vend Buffet of Coca-Cola of Lufkin. The damage to the vending machine was estimated to be $1,500.

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