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Two older men steal quarters from vending machine with vacuum cleaner

By Mason White 2:24 PM August 22, 2013
Salt Lake City police car 

By: Shifra Unger
Two men came up with what they thought was the perfect plan to rob a vending machine, by using a vacuum cleaner to suck out the coins.

But things did not turn out as planned.

The men of salt Lake City, Utah, went to a car wash and used a powerful vacuum cleaner to suck the quarters out of the coin-operated machine, police said.

To their bad luck, a passing police officer happened to be in the area when he realized that something was not right with the two. He stopped and caught them in the act.

The men thought they had all their grounds covered. In attempt not to be caught, the men altered their vehicle’s license plates. They used a piece of black electrical tape to change a “D” to a “B,” Sergeant Gary Young of Salt Lake City suburb of Cottonwood Heights said.

“They had a good plan. If they were successful they could have returned night after night. Very often, thieves just use a crowbar to break open vending machines. These guys get an A for effort, but an F for execution,” Young said.

Todd Herburg, 53, and Scott Luker, 55, were arrested on charges of theft. The thieves were at work for about 12 minutes, sucking coins out of the coin dispensary with their vacuum cleaner, which was hooked up to their truck, before being caught.

Police have not counted the stash of quarters yet, but officer Young said that the coin-operated machine probably held no more than $30 in quarters.