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POLICE: Louisville man smashed vending machines; stole thousands

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man is accused of breaking into his former employer's business, smashing vending machines and stealing thousands of dollars

Police say 26-year-old Erik Crneta got into the business located at 3750 Ruckriegel Parkway on Oct. 23 and Oct. 24, 2013. Once inside, he allegedly destroyed three vending machines and a coin changer to get to the cash.

Approximately $3,000 in cash and coins were taken.

Police say Crneta, a former employee of the business, was immediately suspected by the business owner who says Crneta has a drug problem. Jeffersontown Police were called and the business owner contacted police and filed a report.

About a week later, police say, Crneta sent a text to the business owner, who says he then led Crneta to believe that he had video surveillance of Crneta breaking into the business. According to the arrest warrant, that's when Crneta responded by saying he "could not get into any more trouble and would 'make it right.'"

The owner told police he never heard from Crneta after the exchange of text messages.

Police arrested Crneta on Jan. 10. He faces one burglary charge in connection with the break-in, and also has similar charges pending in court for allegedly accessing vending machines at his place of employment.

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