Authorities arrested two men they say broke into vending machines outside of self-serve businesses in Columbia and Richmond counties.
Freddie Gordon, 50, of Golden Rod Street in Augusta, was arrested Tuesday night. He is charged with larceny and second-degree criminal damage to property and is being held on a $4,200 bond, according to Columbia County Detention Center records.
Henry Scott Marchman, 46, of Hephzibah-McBean Road in Hephzibah, was arrested Wednesday on the same charges. He is being held on a $3,700 bond, jail records state.
The owner of the Dollar Wash at 3515 Old Petersburg Road in Martinez said that just before midnight May 28 someone broke into a vending machine outside the car wash.
Video surveillance footage showed two men, later identified as Gordon and Marchman, arrive in a red-and-white Ford truck, with Marchman driving.
Authorities say Marchman tampered with a vending machine until it opened. He threw several items into the truck and drove away, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
The men are suspected of a similar theft on May 29 at the Washing Well Coin Laundry at 4286 Windsor Spring Road in Augusta.