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Las Vegas Man Sentenced For Coin Machine Thefts

(Portland, OR) -- A Las Vegas man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for breaking into coin-cashing machines and stealing the money inside. Federal prosecutors say in 2021, Richard Pena traveled from Las Vegas to Vancouver, dressing as an employee of a coin-cashing machine company, breaking into the machines and stealing the coin vault. An employee at a grocery store in Vancouver got suspicious and called police. A search of Pena's hotel room uncovered one-and-a-half million stolen coins worth 133-thousand dollars. It's estimated his thefts and damage to machines cost the company more than 715-thousand dollars. Pena must also pay 582-thousand dollars restitution.

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