Man tells cops he 'collects quarters' after arrest for vending machine thefts
Updated 12:39 pm, Tuesday, February 25, 2014
A man suspected of trying to break into vending machines at the Best Western motel, 100 Kings Highway Cutoff last week, was arrested Monday night when he once again returned to the scene.
Thomas G. Cody, 24, of Fern Street in Naugatuck, was caught by police when he tried to flee the motel in his vehicle around 11:30 p.m. Monday. In his possession, police said, Cody not only had $12.50 in quarters, but heroin, cocaine and burglary tools.
He told police he had all the loose change because he "collects quarters."
Police stopped Cody from fleeing the scene by blocking the parking lot exit with a patrol car.
According to the report on the incident, Cody matched the description of the suspect in two previous attempts to break into vending machines at the Best Western.
Last week, a housekeeper at the hotel discovered the first-floor vending machine damaged. When the manager saw the suspect at a vending machine on the second floor and confronted him Feb. 19, the suspect -- believed to be Cody -- he claimed he was trying to get back money that he had lost in the machine. He then fled.
The clerk also saw the man at the motel on Saturday and suspected he had broken into a vending machine then, as well.
Cody was charged with sixth-degree larceny, third-degree criminal mischief and burglary, possession of burglary tools, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police said they found a glass crack pipe and folds of heroin and cocaine.
He was held on a $20,000 bond and is scheduled to appear March 4 in Bridgeport Superior Court.
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