Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: Vending machine vendetta

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week: Vending machine vendetta

LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - Crime Stoppers wants to identify a woman who twice attempted to burglarize a vending machine but succeeded only in destroying the machine.

May 18 and June 11, cameras at a washateria on Abney Avenue in Lufkin captured video of a woman trying to beat, pry, and shake her way into a snack machine. In May, she used a stick in an effort to turn two cameras and hide her actions. One camera broke from its mount but the other continued to record everything she did. She then used the stick in a futile struggle against the machine's door, breaking the stick in the process. She left that day empty-handed but returned in June.

Having gained a little experience from the mistakes of her first attempt she decided to overturn the machine but it landed glass-side and she was still unable to get to the goodies inside.

The suspect is a black female who, at the time of May incident, wore a purple, short-sleeve, collared shirt, culottes-style shorts, and black tennis shoes. She wore a gray, sleeveless shirt, white plaid-pattern pants, and black shoes when she returned in June. Videos of both incidents show her wearing what looks like a large-face wristwatch.

At and you can view video of the suspect and her vending machine burglary attempts.

If you can solve this crime, call Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS or submit a tip at Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and Crime Stoppers may pay a reward if the information you provide leads to an arrest.