WASHINGTON - A man suspected of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from coin-operated vacuum machines across the D.C. region has been arrested, authorities say.
The Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office says 41-year-old James Donnell Jackson was recently arrested after violating probation stemming from recent charges they had to drop in previous incidents due to lack of evidence.
A Virginia businessman told FOX 5 that this suspect has stolen around $200,000 in quarters from him after breaking into the vacuum machines at several of the 150 locations he owns in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. over the past several years.
Tahir Muneer has surveillance video of many of the thefts showing the suspect at several gas stations breaking the locks to the coin drawers of the vacuum machines. In some cases, video shows the man using power tools to pry open the machines.
The Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office says they will meet with Muneer again to get the surveillance video showing the thefts and will reopen the cases.
In the meantime, Jackson will be held without bond until his scheduled hearing in November.
Fairfax County police have also confirmed that Jackson has at least four outstanding warrants in their jurisdiction for similar thefts.