A burglar, or burglars, broke into four vending machines in Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, making off with a modest sum of money.
According to police reports, beverage dispensing machines at Rafters Realty in Wisconsin Dells and Parson's Indian Trading Post, Lake Delton Laundromat and Port Vista Tavern in Lake Delton were damaged during the afternoon or overnight hours.
The damage was discovered by the property owners Wednesday morning or afternoon.
At Rafters Realty, the coin box on a Coca-Cola machine was removed after the suspect(s) cut or pried off an external lock and then drilled out the lock on the handle of the machine to gain access to the money inside.
An estimated $75 was in the machine, which is owned by the Coca-Cola Bottling Co., stationed in Madison. The damage to the machine was an estimated $300.
It appeared that the burglar(s) did not take any of the beverages during the burglary, according to the police report.
Damage to a Snapple vending machine at Parson's Indian Trading Post was discovered around 7:20 a.m. Wednesday.
Parson's owner Henry Lukasavage told an officer usually about $50 is in the vending machine, which is owned by the American Bottling Co., of Windsor.
A pry tool was used to break the lock off the machine, and the change catcher was found in a snow bank near the business. Damage to the machine was estimated at $200.
Around 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, the owner of Lake Delton Laundromat reported that his vending machine was broken into between 4:25 and 4:35 p.m. Tuesday.
About $70 in change was stolen, and the damage to the machine was an estimated $200.
Surveillance cameras provided police a description of a possible suspect, but the description isn't being released.
Around 3:50 p.m. Wednesday, Port Vista Tavern reported a vending machine on its property was also broken into.
Approximately $40 was taken after the lock was popped out of the machine. The damage to the machine was an estimated $200.
A fifth burglary may have also occurred Tuesday night. A vending machine money feeder was found by a Lake Delton Police officer Wednesday in a County Highway A ditch.
The part was turned over to Dells police, since it was reportedly from a Pepsi vending machine in the city.