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Vending machine, air pumps thieves caught on camera in Livonia

The suspect purchasing a soda before allegedly committing the air pump theft (Source: Livonia Police Department) The suspect purchasing a soda before allegedly committing the air pump theft (Source: Livonia Police Department)
Suspects attempting to burglarize a convenience store soda machine (Source: Livonia Police Department) Suspects attempting to burglarize a convenience store soda machine (Source: Livonia Police Department)
Air pump at Travel Plaza with out of order sign (Source: WAFB) Air pump at Travel Plaza with out of order sign (Source: WAFB)
Air pump at Travel Plaza with out of order sign (Source: WAFB) Air pump at Travel Plaza with out of order sign (Source: WAFB)
Soprano's Supermarket where a Coke machine was broken into (Source: WAFB) Soprano's Supermarket where a Coke machine was broken into (Source: WAFB)
LIVONIA, LA (WAFB) -

A few bold thieves were caught on camera breaking into vending machines in Livonia. 

Livonia Police Chief Brad Joffrion said his detectives are looking for the four men responsible for the break-ins that happened at two stores on Highway 190 in January. 

A surveillance video clip from Soprano's Supermarket on Highway 190 in Livonia shows a couple of guys in a Dodge Durango who appear to be having a little car trouble. The passenger in a blue shirt makes his way to the Coke machine. He managed to pry it open, but could not seem to break open the inner door panel. 

In the meantime, his partner limps over to toss something into the trash can located right under the surveillance camera. He moved out of the way just fast enough to see the other guy crack open the vending machine door.  

"It didn't appear to bother them one bit. They walked around nonchalantly. That guy was on the lookout," said Joffrion. 

Joffrion said the men were there all of three minutes. It was just long enough for the camera to pick up a part of the license plate. Detectives believe the last three digits are either 721 or 321.

"They will be caught," Joffrion said. 

Another pair of thieves hit the Travel Plaza Truck Stop just down the road on Highway 190. 

On January 28, a surveillance camera picked up one man as he walked up to the register to pay for a soda. Police believe he is the same man who broke into the air pump outside minutes later. 

The video showed the suspect opened the double doors and appears to strategically place his jacket over the corner to block the store surveillance camera. Moments later as he removes the jacket, the brake lights of the van come on and it appears he was not working alone. 

"He was very good at what he was doing. He was on the scene for approximately 2 minutes and 30 seconds and got away with $750," Joffrion said. 

There is no footage of that driver, but police believe the video taken at the register will help them identify the thief. 

Joffrion said law enforcement agencies along the Highway 190 corridor have been dealing with similar thefts. 

Anyone with information on any of the suspects or vehicles in the surveillance video is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867. 

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