ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Santa Fe Police are trying to track down a crook with a craving for cash from Coca-Cola vending machines.
Police said he's only been sealing pocket change but he's caused more than $10,000 worth of damage doing it.
Investigators say a blond man, wearing a t-shirt, has been burglarized 16 vending machines in Santa Fe since December.
The man is thought to have hit up one machine eight times at Walmart on Cerrillos, two more at a Radisson Hotel, two other machines at this Best Western and the list goes on and on.
The theft is quick - police say he uses a small metal bar to pry open the outside door to the coke machine, he grabs the cash and closes it up and is gone in less than a minute.
The Coca-Cola Company had enough and decided to put a hidden camera in one machine hoping to get a good look at the culprit and they did.
"Its a very easy crime for this man to commit and he seems as if he's become very good at it and doing it quickly," Santa Fe Police Sgt. Andrea Dobyns said.
Now that it's clear who's been thirsty for some quick cash. The question for police is who is he and can detectives catch up with him?
The "Coke bandit" may have struck again Wednesday night and upped his crime after someone stole an entire coke machine from outside a Santa Fe business complex on Saint Michaels Drive.
Police said there's no telling how much money he's gotten away with but the Coca-Cola Company's CEO said damage to all 16 machines totals more than $8,000 and it will take another $2,500 to replace the machine that was stolen last night.
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