Evans County man accused of stealing from school vending machines

School vending machine theft suspect in jail

EVANS COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - A man accused of breaking into two schools and stealing from the vending machines is behind bars in Evans County.

Police say Rodney Jason Hall broke into Claxton High and Claxton Elementary - and this isn’t the first time he’s done it.

Police say he made his first stop at Claxton High School where he entered through a door using a crowbar. Once inside, officials say Hall damaged and stole from one drink vending machine and two snack vending machines. From security footage, police say he left and went to Claxton Elementary, where he used a crowbar to open that metal door just like he did at the high school. When he got inside, he wandered around, then damaged and stole money out of a snack machine.

Police say Hall also stole a camera and other media center items. Superintendent Marty Waters says he’s happy nothing else was damaged. He says this is another reason the security features of the new high school that is in the works are so important.

Lt. Chris Moser says after investigating the break-ins, they arrested Hall and found out he was currently on active parole from similar charges in the past.

“It ended up, he was charged with eight felony arrest warrants,” Lt. Moser said. “It may seem like small stuff, but it’s actually felony crimes, so we take it very seriously.”

Those charges include two counts of burglary, two counts of possession of tools in the commission of a crime, three counts of criminal damage to property, and one count of theft by taking.

The Claxton Police Department wants to thank the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office and the other agencies that helped them with this case.

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