Family Accused in Vending Machine Theft Crime Spree

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man and a woman have been arrested in a vending machine crime spree across two counties, and police say more family members are involved.

Darrin Good was arrested by South Charleston Police last week for breaking into vending machines throughout Kanawha and Boone counties. He's accused of using a universal key and crowbar to break into vending machines in various businesses, including hitting every machine in The Holiday Inn along 2nd Street in South Charleston.

Police say three ATVs were stolen in the spring from the parking lot of another Holiday Inn location in South Charleston. They belonged to a family visiting from out of state.

Late Monday night, Darrin Good's girlfriend Michele Raines was arrested. She was charged with two counts of grand larceny in connection with the ATV thefts.

Good and his son, Jeremy, are also suspects in two break-ins in vending machines at The South Charleston Community Center.

"It's frustrating that someone would come into a community center and take from people who just come in to have fun and bring their family in here," Center Director Arnett Hoston said.

Since then, the vending company changed the machines with locks that are not universal, preventing future thefts. The suspects haven't been seen inside the center since.

Police have a warrant out for Jeremy Good's arrest for his part in the thefts. More arrests are also pending, including members of the Good family.


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