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Man who stole bill validators gets probation

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 9:02pm  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A former Coca-Cola employee has pleaded guilty to stealing more than 700 bill validators from vending machines in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore.

Thirty-six-year-old James Thomas Coleman, 36, formerly of Alexandria, Va., entered the plea on Tuesday. The Capital of Annapolis reports that he was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and a year of unsupervised probation.

Bill validators process paper money in vending machines. Prosecutors say Coleman removed 767 of the validators and sold them on eBay. The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. estimates the stolen devices were worth at least $76,000.

Coleman currently lives in Illinois.

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Information from: The Capital of Annapolis, Md., http://www.hometownannapolis.com/


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