Battle Creek man arrested as suspect in string of smashed vending machine thefts


After being called to a robbery at a Pennfield Township bowling alley, investigators were later able to arrest a Battle Creek man who has been linked to a number of other crimes.

Calhoun County deputies said they were called to the M-66 Bowl in about 3 a.m. Wednesday, and found that vending machines there had been smashed and robbed. The suspect had already escaped, but during a traffic stop soon after, authorities arrested a 31-year-old and a 49-year-old man. Police believe both are connected to the robberies.

Detectives said they are able to link the 31-year-old suspect to burglaries at the Lafayette Auto Parts in Springfield, Michigan, and Moonraker Restaurant in Emmett Township. They also accuse the suspect of stealing from a coin-operated machine at Cornwell's Turkey Farm in Marshall.

Investigators said the suspect in those cases would use a sledgehammer to enter the business, and to smash the coin vending machine before stealing the money inside.

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