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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Thieves targeting vending, cash-dispensing machines on Kauai

Advertiser Staff

Kauai police say someone broke into the laundromat in the Eleele Shopping Center Monday night or early Tuesday morning and stole a wall-mounted change machine.

The theft follows attempted thefts of a soft-drink vending machine from the Koloa Big Save market on Saturday and an ATM from the Anchor Cove Shopping Center in Nawiliwili on Friday.

The vending machine was dragged from the market but left on Waikomo Road.

Police say attempts to removed the ATM failed, but the machine was damaged in the process.

Police are urging owners of businesses with coin-operated or cash-dispensing machines especially in remote areas to take safety precautions.

Police also are asking anyone who sees any such machines being transported late at night or early in the morning to call KPD dispatch at 241-1711 or CrimeStoppers at 241-1887.