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Man Steals Gumball Machine From Restaurant

A man from Florida was spotted stealing a gumball machine from a restaurant after claiming to be a repairman

Gumball Machine Thief
Gumball Machine Thief, Winter Haven Police Department

On the 4th of November, an unidentified man entered Japanese restaurant Sakura, convinced the host that he was the serviceman  to service a Gumball machine and ended up stealing it without the workers knowing.

At 11am the unidentified man entered Sakura Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar, in Winter Haven, Florida, he spoke with the host at the entrance and convinced her that he was there to service the gumball machine.

The workers were unsure who owned the gumball machine and allowed the fake serviceman to carry out his repairs. He told the employees that he had to take the gumball machine off the property to make the repairs necessary.

He picked up the gumball machine and carried it out to an unknown vehicle waiting outside.

The gumball machine has been described as being racing themed, black with red stripes along with it containing Gumballs inside, its total value has been estimated to be $800.

Winter Haven Police Department are asking the public to come forth if they are able to identify the man in the surveillance footage. to aid police Investigation please all call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477). Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH reward.

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