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Man arrested for breaking into several vending machines

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Police have arrested a Myrtle Beach man accused of breaking into and stealing from several vending machines in June.

James Tyler McKenna, 38, was arrested Monday morning and charged for destruction of property and theft.

According to several Myrtle Beach Police incident reports, McKenna is accused of breaking into multiple vending machines, and destroying a security camera in Myrtle Beach between June 21 and June 29.

On June 21, the manager of the Hampton Inn told police that a man was caught on camera as he tore it out of the ceiling, according to an incident report. The manager told police that a vending machine was broken into a week before, but the suspect was not caught on camera, and the machine was repaired.

On June 26, police responded to a hotel at the 2700 block of North Ocean Boulevard after security guards chased a man who a hotel guest saw break into a vending machine, according to an MBPD report. The guards were unable to detain him. An officer noted that soda machines on the 11th and 18th floor had dollar dispensers broken out of them, with an unknown amount of money stolen.

On June 30, police responded to a car wash in the 1900 block of Mr. Joe White Avenue after a witness said he saw a man next to the machine. When the witness drove by again, the man was gone and the cash receiver had been busted out of the machine, the incident report states.

McKenna was booked into MBPD Jail Monday morning and charged with five counts of larceny and five counts of malicious injury to personal property.

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