MANDEVILLE, La. - St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's detectives have arrested a Mandeville man and are looking for another in a string of thefts from vending machines that date back to this time last year.
Kory Hamby, 26, of 1841 Orleans Street, Mandeville was arrested Tuesday after detectives executed a search warrant at his home and recovered a crowbar, a tire iron and a white hooded sweatshirt with a large decal on the back. Also found at the home was a large quantity of change.
According to Suzanne Carboni, a spokesperson for the sheriff's office, Hamby confessed to breaking into dozens of vending machines at Pelican Park, Fontainebleau High and Fontainebleau Jr. High. Carboni said he also confessed to breaking into ice machines in Slidell and Lacombe.
Carboni said Hamby's arrest cleared 54 cases. He is also considered a suspect in similar incidents in St.Bernard Parish, Picayune and Hancock County, Mississippi.
Hamby identified and accomplice in some of the incidents and police are looking for 25-year-old Charles Nuncio of Mandeville.
Video surveillance from Pelican Park, Fontainebleau High School, Fontainebleau Junior High and the locations of the ice machines in Lacombe and Slidell was used to identify Hamby and Nuncio.
Hamby has been arrested and charged with 54 counts of criminal damage to coin operated devices, 54 counts of theft under $500 and eight counts of criminal damage to property. He will likely face additional charges in the other jurisdictions.
Warrants have been issued for Nuncio's arrest. He will be charged with 50 counts of criminal damage to coin operated devices, 50 counts of theft under $500 and eight counts of criminal damage to property.