January 20, 2011

Kansas City Men Busted Breaking Into Local Vending Machines

A pair of Kansas City area men are in custody and local law enforcement officers are working to determine the depths of an apparent theft ring that possibly stretches well beyond Memphis.

Officers from the Memphis Police Department had local vending machines under surveillance Sunday afternoon as part of an investigation of thefts from various soda machines in the area that date as far back as October, 2010.

Surveillance had identified a possible suspect vehicle and established a potential time-line for the break-ins at a number of locations in town.

On Sunday evening, January 16th, Police Chief Bill Holland and a private citizen were watching the machine at the MFA gas station on the west edge of town when the suspect vehicle was spotted. The law enforcement element witnessed two suspects exit the vehicle at two different locations and allegedly gain illegal access to two different vending machines, allegedly stealing the monetary contents of both.

The officers stopped the vehicle before it was able to leave the gas station parking lot, and two suspects were taken into custody without incident.

Arrested were Oren Gene Gamble, Sr., age 54, of Lee's Summit and Vernon Neill Gibson, age 54, of Kansas City. Both men are facing class C felony stealing charges and are being held on $25,000 cash only bonds. Gibson is being held in the Scotland County Jail and Gamble is being held in the Clark County Detention Center.

Oren Gene Gamble, Sr.

Vernon Neill Gibson

Evidence collected in the investigation indicates the possibility that similar thefts have been occurring in other locals. Investigators are working with other law enforcement agencies to try to determine the extent of the crime spree.

Chief Holland indicated the arrests were made possible due to the diligent efforts of the vending machine owners as well as investigators from Knox County law enforcement and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.



Please call or email { 660.465.7016 or chris@memphisdemocrat.com } with questions about advertising or to start advertising with Memphis Democrat today!

$4.50 per column inch
$4.50 per column inch (Classified)
$0.08 each for pre-printed mailer inserts
$0.12 per word for text only Classifieds

$20 for One Spot Color
$50 for Full-Color Process


per month for text only business directory ad.

$25 per month small ad
$35 per month medium ad
$50 per month large ad
$75 per month skyscraper ad
$125 per month top banner ad
$135 per month top banner ad

MEDIUM (160×250)
LARGE (300X250)
SKYSCRAPER (160×500)
TOP BANNER AD (728×60)
BANNER AD (728×90)

small-ad-160x160md-ad-160x250lg-ad-300x250sky-ad-160x500top-ad-728x60 banner-ad-728x90

Your Name (required):

Your Email (required):

Ad Size:

Ad Content

If you have an image to include in your ad, browse to find the file.

Please enter the text you see in the field below, then click send.


Bb Server