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POLICE: Theft suspect found with vending machine keys

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Kenneth Forrest (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Kenneth Forrest (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they apprehended a thief whose tools of choice were vending machine keys.

According to an arrest report, the incident took place on Saturday, shortly before 4 p.m., at the Kroger store near the corner of 27th St. and W. Broadway.

Police say Kroger employees and off-duty police officers saw 45-year-old Kenneth R. Forrest opening coin machines and removing money in front of the store.

Officers had been tipped off a few weeks later that a suspect had been "using false uniforms and vending machine keys" to steal money from vending machines at other Kroger stores.

When officers approached Forrest and asked to see his identification, he walked away, according to the arrest report. Police allegedly had to chase him before they were able to place him in custody.

Police allegedly found a gun inside the vehicle Forrest had been using. They also found several money pouches filled with cash and coins, as well as several bundles of vending machine keys, according to police.

Forrest was arrested and charged with theft, possession of burglary tools, criminal trespassing and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, according to the arrest report.

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