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Wednesday, April 25 News

Man charged again with motel vending machine theft

A Naugatuck man has been arrested on additional charges that he broke into vending machines at the Best Western motel, 100 Kings Highway, earlier this year.

Thomas G. Cody, 24, of Fern Street, Naugatuck, was arrested Feb. 24 at the motel when police said he tried to flee with $12.50 in quarters. According to the report, he also was found in possession of heroin, cocaine and burglary tools.

After he was captured, Cody told officers he had the large amount of loose change because he "collects quarters."

On Thursday morning, Cody turned himself in at police headquarters in response to a warrant charging him with two counts each of third-degree criminal trespass, third-degree criminal mischief and criminal attempt to commit third-degree larceny. The charges were issued in connection with an incident on Feb. 19 when a housekeeper discovered the first-floor vending machine was damaged. When Cody was spotted by the motel manager at a vending machine on the second floor, Cody said he was trying to get back money he had lost in the machine but then fled the scene, police said.

He was held on a $5,000 bond and was scheduled to appear later that day in Bridgeport Superior Court.