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Facebook Video Helps Lead to Arrest of Alleged Vending Machine Thief

Sarah Edwards
Posted at 3:37 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 12:45:49-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - A woman turned herself in after police posted a video on their Facebook showing what appears to be her and a second suspect breaking into a vending machine.

The video was posted on the Tallahassee Police Department's Facebook page on March 18 showing a man, with the help of a woman, breaking into a vending machine at Wash Around the Clock on Apalachee Parkway. Police said the two damaged the machine and stole approximately $300.

Police said they were wanted in connection with more than seven other thefts where vending machines were broken into and the money was taken. That included, police said, the video from the theft which occurred March 13. 

On the page, police asked for assistance in identifying the two suspects. Officers reportedly received multiple responses in a very short time via Facebook and email identifying the suspects, including 22-year-old Sarah Edwards.

On March 20, Edwards was taken to the hospital via ambulance where she reportedly told an off-duty officer, who was acting as security, that she had warrants for her arrest. 

When a deputy arrived to interview her, she reportedly told the sergeant about, "...the vending machines we busted."

She was booked into the Leon County Jail on Wednesday and charged with grand theft and molesting a coin operated machine. She is currently being held on $250 bond.

Police said they believe they have identified the second suspect, but have yet to arrested him.